Female LHC judge challenges decision to not confirm her

Published: October 12, 2017

ISLAMABAD: A constitutional petition has been filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) decision not confirm job  to Lahore High Court (LHC) female judge Erum Sajjad Gul.

The petition has been filed by former LHC judge Nasira Iqbal through Shah Khawar advocate under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution against the commission’s decision not confirm the job of LHC female judge. Erum worked as LHC judge for two years.

The plea states that non-confirmation of Justice Erum Sajjad Gul is clear violation of Article 25 of the Constitution and it is major setback for women in Pakistan and discouraging female lawyers that they are not competent to be high court judges.

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It is contended that she was a competent judge but she was not confirmed for the unknown reasons.

The petition also states that the apex court’s senior most judge had left a note that all judges seeking confirmation be confirmed but the JCP gave no weightage to the note left by him.

It is also submitted that the Parliamentary Committee unanimously sent the matter to the commission for reconsideration of her confirmation.

The petitioner requested the top court to set aside JCP’s May 4 decision for not confirming the job of the female judge and directed the commission to decide the matter sent by the Parliamentary Committee.

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