PESHAWAR: Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel on Wednesday said the process of appointing more judges for the high court has started and that these judges would soon take charge in order to provide prompt justice to the people.
“For the supremacy of the judiciary, it is necessary that both bench and bar have an understanding among themselves. It is only possible when both work together for the provision of justice,” said the chief justice while addressing an Eid Milan party organised by the PHC Bar Association.
Also speaking on the occasion, PHCBA President Muhammad Isa Khan said lawyers will not accept any system that undermines democracy in the country. He agreed a good understanding between the bench and bar can ensure provision of justice.
PHCBA Secretary General Muhammad Ayaz Khan maintained the country is going through a difficult time and the main purpose of organising this event was to develop sound understanding between the judges and lawyers.
Presently, there are 15 judges serving at the PHC, including Chief Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel, who took oath on April 8 following the retirement of Justice Dost Muhammad Khan and a subsequent short stint by Justice Mian Fasihul Mulk.
The Judicial Commission of Pakistan, which is chaired by the chief justice of Pakistan, proposes names of high court judges following which the names are finalised.
Article 193 (1) of the Constitution states that “a judge of a high court shall be appointed by the president after consultation with the CJP, the governor concerned, except where the appointment is that of the chief justice, with the chief justice of the high court.”
Section 2 of the article reads, “a person shall not be appointed as judge of a high court unless he is a citizen of Pakistan, and is not less than 40 years of age.”
Several lawyers along with high court and lower court judges participated in the event. Justice Ikramullah Khan, Justice Asadullah Khan and Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan were among those present.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th,2014.
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