ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman Judicial Commission of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has called the first ever meeting of the Commission on November 6 to make and initiate process of filling the actual and anticipated vacancies in superior judiciary.
The Judicial Commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan/chairman and having two senior most judges of the apex Court, one retired judge, the attorney general for Pakistan, Law minister and a senior member of Pakistan Bar Council, as members would hold meetings for making appointments.
The process for appointments to judiciary was envisaged under Article 175A inserted through 18th Amendment in the Constitution.
Upon October 21, a 17-member bench through its order on a number of identical writs challenging the process, had maintained that all cases of fresh appointments of Judges of the Supreme Court, of the Federal Shariat Court, of the High Courts and of Additional Judges of the latter Courts shall be processed forthwith under Article 175A.
A process for constitution of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan was started on October 23.
The CJ in consultation with two most senior judges of the apex Court after thorough deliberations nominated Ali Hussain Qazilbash, former Judge of Supreme Court under Art-175A (2) (iii) of the Constitution and Mian Allah Nawaz former Chief Justice, Lahore High Court under Proviso to Art-175A (5) (iv) of the Constitution.
The Pakistan Bar Council has also elected Dr Khalid Ranjha as member of the Commission.
Moreover, as the incumbent Chief Justice, Lahore High Court will attain the age of superannuation on December 8, nomination of a former Chief Justice or a former Judge of that Court was also required to be made under the proviso of Article 175A (5)(iv) as one time member of the Commission for appointment of Chief Justice of that Court.
Letters were written to Chief Justices of High Courts for taking necessary measures/steps for establishment of the Commission including seeking nomination of senior Advocate from respective Provincial Bar Councils as Member of the Commission as early as possible but not later than three days.
Similar letter was also written to the Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary of Pakistan Bar Council for nomination of senior Advocate, Supreme Court as Member of the Commission.
Letters were also addressed to the Secretary, Cabinet Division, Government of Pakistan and Chief Secretaries of Provincial Governments asking for copies of notifications of official Members of Judicial Commission in the Gazette of Pakistan.
On October 29, letters were written to the Chairmen, Vice Chairmen and Secretaries of the Provincial Bar Councils for compliance with requirement of Article 175A of the Constitution, ensuring nomination of a senior Advocate as member of the Commission by the respective Bar Council.