ISLAMABAD - The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on Thursday deferred the elevation of judges of various high courts to the Supreme Court.
According to a press release issued by the Supreme Court media section, a meeting of the commission to consider names of judges of various high courts proposed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan for the nomination by the JCP to be appointed as judges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan was held here.
The meeting was attended by seven members of the JCP in-person while Justice Qazi Faez Isa and the Attorney General for Pakistan attended via zoom. The names of all five judges proposed by the Chief Justice were considered by the JCP.
After detailed discussion, it was proposed by the Chairman JCP to defer the meeting in order to enable the Chief Justice of Pakistan to place additional information and data about those already proposed and if he considered appropriate, more names would be added to the list of proposees for consideration by the JCP.
The proposal to defer the meeting was supported by Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Justice (Retd) Sarmad Jalal Osmany, and the Attorney General for Pakistan. It was accordingly decided to defer the meeting. The date of the next meeting will be communicated to the members of the judicial commission by the Chairman JCP, said a press note issued by SC PRO.
However, sources said that the JCP meeting was deferred after the proposed names of high courts judges were rejected by the five out of nine members of the commission.
They said that during the meeting, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Federal Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar, Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf and Pakistan Bar Council’s representative opposed the nomination.
The JCP considered the names of Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Qaisar Rashid Khan, Sindh High Court judges – Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, Justice Muhammad Shafi Siddiqui, Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto, and Justice Shahid Waheed of Lahore High Court to fill the existing vacancies in the Supreme Court.
However, the JCP rejected all the nominated judges of higher courts for their appointment to the Supreme Court.
It has been learnt that SC Judges including Qazi Faez Isa, Sardar Tariq Masood, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar, Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Ashtar Ausaf Ali and Pakistan Bar Council representative Akhtar Hussain did not approve the CJP nominations. They supported the seniority principle.