ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on Tuesday recommended the names of three eminent lawyers for appointment as judges of the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, the JCP held its meeting in the Supreme Court building.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah had proposed the names of Saman Raffat Imtiaz, Arbab Mohammad Tahir and Barrister Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan as the IHC judges.
The commission considered the proposal and unanimously recommended them for additional judges of the IHC.
Ms Saman Raffat Imtiaz obtained her law degree from the University of Richmond, Virginia, USA, after completing her undergraduate in business administration from the American University in Dubai. She has been practicing law in Karachi since 2004.
Arbab Mohammad Tahir is a senior lawyer from Balochistan and currently working as the advocate general of the province.
Ejaz Ishaq Khan did his BA Hons (Juris) from the University of Oxford. He then qualified as Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn and enrolled as an advocate of the Lahore High Court in 1994. His father Sardar Ishaq Khan was a leading criminal law expert of the country.
The JCP will send these nominations to the Parliamentary Committee for Appointment of Judges. The committee under Article 175-A of the Constitution has been empowered to ratify the nominations of the JCP within a fortnight.
Sources said the JCP in its meeting scheduled for Dec 7 will consider the names of two additional judges — Justice Babar Sattar and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri — for confirmation of their appointment as judge of the IHC.