ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday on the advice of the Prime Minister has accorded his approval to the appointment of Mr Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai and Mr Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, Additional Judges of High Court of Sindh, as permanent judges of the Sindh High Court.
It may be recalled that the Judicial Commission of Pakistan had nominated six additional judges of the High Court of Sindh that included Mr Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa, Mr Justice Ghulam Korai, Mr Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh, Mr Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, Mr Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbas and Mr Justice Muneeb Akhtar to the Parliamentary Committee for its consideration to be appointed as permanent judges of High Court of Sindh.
The Parliamentary Committee confirmed the four except Mr Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai and Mr Justice Irfan Saadat Khan in its meeting held on 8th and 9th September, 2011. After due approval by the Prime Minister and the President, the four judges, as confirmed by the Parliamentary Committee, were notified on 17-09-2011.
The decision of the Parliamentary Committee against non-confirmation of the two judges was challenged before the High Court of Sindh by Sindh High Court Bar Association. The Court in its verdict set aside the decision of the Parliamentary Committee.
The Federation challenged the said judgment before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and the same was transferred at Karachi Registry.
The Supreme Court on 07-09-2012 maintained the judgment of the High Court and directed the Federation to issue notification in terms of impugned judgment within one week and a copy be sent to the Registrar Supreme Court.
The review petition of the Federation was also dismissed by the Supreme Court on 04-10-2012 on non-prosecution in spite of presence of Advocate-on-Record and Deputy Attorney General nominated and issued notice to the Secretary Law and Justice for contempt proceedings followed by a show cause notice directed to issue notification of the said two judges which shall be deemed to have been issued w.e.f. 17-09-2012.
Respecting the verdict of the Supreme Court, Ministry of Law & Justice requested the Prime Minister to advise the President to accord his approval to the two judges which were initially not confirmed by the Parliamentary Committee.