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Lawyers to oppose ad hoc appointments as JCP meets

07 May, 2012

ISLAMABAD: In the wake of superior bars' May 5 resolution, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) would oppose appointment of two ad hoc judges during the Judicial Commission of Pakistan's (JCP) meeting today (Monday).

Talking to our sources, Dr Khalid Rajha, the representative of PBC in the commission, said that he would strongly present bars' point of view in today's meeting of the JCP on the appointment of two ad hoc and one additional judge in the Supreme Court. The appointments in question are to be made to hear an expected appeal by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani against his conviction in a contempt of court case.

On the other hand, Supreme Court Bar Association President Yaseen Azad said that an eight-member committee of bar councils would hold a meeting with Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry regarding the matter at 1pm today (Monday).

He said that the committee wanted to present the lawyers' stance to the CJP on the appointment of two ad hoc judges before the commission's meeting, which is being held today at 4pm.

Legal experts are expecting that in view of bars' reservations, the commission might defer the matter of appointing ad hoc judges.

Meanwhile, sources said that three members of the JCP bar councils' representative, the law minister and the attorney general of Pakistan would follow the superior bars' stance and oppose appointment of ad hoc judges.

They said that the PBC's representative might object to two members of the JCP, who are considering the appointment of three judges because one judge was part of the bench, which had convicted the premier and the other was working as chief election commissioner and who had already refused to sit in the bench, which would take up Gilani's expected appeal.

The commission will consider names of Justice (r) Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Sadiqqui and Justice (r) Ghulam Rabbani as ad hoc judges and Lahore High Court judge Justice Umar Atta Bandial as additional judge.

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