KARACHI: Seven senior lawyers and sessions judges took oath as additional judges of Sindh High Court at a simple ceremony on Wednesday.
The ceremony was held in the judges’ library and oaths were administered by Chief Justice Musheer Alam.
The new judges are Syed Muhammad Farooq Shah, Farooq Ali Channa, Habib-ur-Rahman, Aziz-ur-Rahman, Aftab Ahmed Gorar, Salahuddin Panhwar and Riazat Ali Sahar.
The total judges’ strength in the high court is now 24 against the required strength of 40.
But it is ironic that if the high court ever has 40 judges it will not be able to accommodate them since there aren’t enough chambers and court rooms, according to Justice Musheer Alam.
The Sindh government has been requested to establish a judicial complex in the vicinity of the Sindh High Court. Alam added that the issue of space will be resolved soon because more appointments were in process.
When the chief justice was asked about the outcome of the meeting on law and order, which he presided over on Tuesday, he said that the police candidly admitted that unless political interference was controlled, effective policing and curbing target killing was not possible.
Alam said that unplanned and unauthorised Kutchi abadis served as safe havens for criminals. These settlements will be regularised and modified so that they are accessible to the law-enforcement agencies.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 28th, 2012.
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