ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) has been requested by the Islamabad Bar Council (IBC) to reevaluate its decision to promote junior judges to the top court. The bar council members reportedly proclaimed the Supreme Court judges’ recommendation to be against the seniority principle in a statement on Wednesday and urged for a reassessment.
Syed Qamar Hussain Shah, vice chairman of the IBC, Raja Muhammad Aleem Khan, chairman of the executive committee, and other office holders stated that legal organisations across the nation have asked that the seniority principle not be disregarded in the recruitment of Supreme Court judges.
The Supreme Court established the notion of seniority-based appointments for the higher judiciary in the Al-Jihad Trust case, they said.They said in the statement, “Recommendations for the appointment of junior judges have been made in Monday’s Judicial Commission meeting disregarding seniority.They claimed that nationwide lawyer organisations’ protests were also disregarded.
JCP urges Justice Minallah and two others to be promoted to the Supreme Court
JCP gave its approval on Monday for judges from high courts to be appointed to the Supreme Court.
Athar Minallah, the Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), as well as Justices Shahid Waheed of the Lahore High Court and Hasan Azhar Rizvi of the Sindh High Court, were also recommended for appointment (SHC).
The JCP met under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Umar Ata Bandial, and discussed the promotion of four judges to the highest court.