Chief Justice of Pakistan Nasirul Mulk has summoned a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) to consider the appointment of 10 Lahore High Court additional judges on May 20, sources revealed to The Express Tribune.
Sources said that Chief Justice Lahore High Court Manzoor Ahmad Malik has initiated 10 names for the appointment of additional judges.
The names of two district & sessions judges Sardar Ahmed Nadeem and Mushtaq Ahmad Tarar are also included in the list. The lawyers, who are nominated for the post of additional judges, are Shahid Mobeen, Farrukh Gulzar Awan, Raja Shahid Mehmood Abbasi, Aslam Javed Minhas, Shehram Sarwar,Sajid Mehmood Sethi and Sardar Muhammad Sarfraz Dogar, they added.
Likewise, the name of one female lawyer namely Erum Sajjad Gul has also been initiated for the appointment as additional judge LHC. Presently 49 judges are working in the Lahore High Court and the total strength is 60.
Meanwhile, the commission will also consider the confirmation of Islamabad High Court’s additional judge Justice Athar Minallah.
It is also learnt that the Pakistan Bar Council has summoned its meeting on Monday to nominate its representative as member of the commission.
An executive member of PBC said that the names of Yasin Azad, Akhtar Hussain and Muhammad Ramzan Chaudhry are favoured for this slot.
The controversy regarding the nomination of a new member by Balochistan Bar Council remains unresolved. The controversy emerged between two rival groups in Balochistan bar council as one lawyers’ group had nominated Muhammad Sharif as new member of the JCP and the commission had issued a notification of his appointment but another rival group, headed by Kamran Murtaza, raised objection over his nomination.
Kamran wrote a letter to the JCP secretary to inform that the nomination of Sharif is done without the approval of the whole body, therefore, the notification of his appointment should be withdrawn.
Later on, AG Balochistan Nazimmudin Baloch, who is chairman Balochistan Bar Council, again summoned the meeting of the provincial bar council’s body regarding the nomination of a new member on May 9.
But subsequently, he postponed the meeting by saying that he will probe as to how Muhammad Sharif was nominated as new member of the JCP.
On the other hand, Kamran Murtaza while talking to The Express Tribune said that they hold a meeting on May 9th, wherein four out of seven members have nominated him as a new member of the JCP. He stated that minutes of the meeting had also been sent to AG Balochistan and secretary JCP.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2015.
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