ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission (JC) on Saturday approved the names of two lawyers, Nadeem Akhtar and Shafi Muhamad, to be elevated as judges for Sindh High Court (SHC).
The commission is reviewing elevation and appointment of judges across the country. On Saturday, it did not reach a consensus to finalise the names of six Session Judges, returned them the SHC Chief Justice for reconsideration.
The JC headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohamamad Chaudhry met to review the appointment of judges in Sindh and Peshawar high courts, wherein it also approved to regularise Additional Judge Yahya Afridi of Peshawar High Court and to give extension to another PHC Additional Judge, Sajjad Shah till August.
The recommendations have been sent to the Parliamentary Committee for a final approval.
The names of the six judges of lower courts sent back to SHC Chief Justice for further consideration were: Abdul Rasool Memon, Naimat Ullah Khan, Tariq Hussain Bhatti, Faiz Rasool Rashdi, Ashraf Jahan and Abdul Malki.
The executive body of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), on Friday, had opposed the nomination of the subordinate courts’ six judges for the appointment as SHC judges through a resolution, saying that subordinate courts’ judges should be elevated to the high court on basis of seniority.
PBC had also expressed concern over the procedure of appointing judges by the JC.
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