ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday served notice to the Attorney General (AG) asking why Supreme Court's order was not yet compiled regarding the appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman.
The notice was issued by a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chuahdry while initiating hearing of a petition filed by NAB vs Mahmood Alam.
The Chief Justice questioned Fozi Zafar, Deputy Prosecutor General (DPG) NAB, how he could file a petition without the signature of Chairman NAB.
Zafar replied that he filed this petition after assigning by K K Agha, Prosecutor General(PG) NAB.
The Chief Justice remarked how he could sign the petition as charmain NAB was the competent authority and not PG.
The Chief Justice expressed annoyance and asked Zafar why the appointment of chairman was not yet completed.
The DPG replied it was the prerogative of the state not the NAB and he was unaware of the progress.
The CJ remarked that in Asif Saeed Khosa case the apex court had clearly directed to appoint chairman within 30 days but yet order was not complied.Later the bench directed AG to appear before the apex court on next date of hearing and adjourned further hearing till September 5.
SHC CJ elevated as SC judge
Staff Reporter adds: The Judicial Commission on Judges Appointment on Monday approved the elevation of Sindh High Court Chief Justice Mushir Alam as the judge of the Supreme Court.
The Judicial Commission met under the chair of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The JC also approved the name of Justice Maqbool Baqar as Chief Justice Sindh High Court. The meeting also recommend confirmation of the services of six additional judges of the LHC.
Three additional judges of BHC sworn in
Staff Reporter from Quetta adds: Three new additional judges of Balochistan High Court took oath here on Monday.
Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Essa administered the oath to Justice Kamran Mullakhail, Justice Shakeel Ahmed Baloch and Justice Ejaz Sawati. A number of the high court and its sub-ordinate court judges, senior and junior lawyers and judicial officers attended the oath-taking ceremony held at the BHC building. Following the appointment of three additional judges, the required number of judges in the BHC has been completed.
Addressing on the occasion, Mr Justice Essa said that achievement of all goals bracketed with strong resolve and dedication. He said that appointment of ten judges in the Balochistan High Court is a milestone while in accordance with the merit in judiciary, 28 Civil Judges-cum-Judicial Magistrates, 11 Qazi and 13 Additional District Judges have been appointed. The promotion cases of judicial officers had been given final shape, he informed.
Mr. Justice Essa said that now access to justice has become easy and possible in Balochistan. He informed that 20 Session Divisions are covering 32 administrative districts in the province while total number of the Judicial Officers in Balochistan is 199, District and Session Judges 20, Additional District and Session Judges 32, Judges of Anti Terrorist Court 6, Senior Civil Judges 9, Civil Judges/Judicial Magistrate 87, members of Majlis Shura 10, Qazi 28 and 7 Family Judges have been serving their services.