CJ wary of potential politicising of judges' appointments.
Justice Chaudhry said this while heading a 17-member larger bench hearing constitutional petitions filed against Eighteenth Amendment in the Constitution.
Wasim Sajjad, the counsel of the federal government continued his arguments Thursday, saying the Chief Justice has precedence in the new procedure of appointments of the judges, as he heads Judicial Commission instituted for the purpose.
Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday asked as to why the modus operandi was altered, if the powers are the same as before.
Justice Chaudhry was suspicious of any potential deadlock over the appointment of judges thanks to the presence of people who have opinions at variance with each other.
He also commented on the politics of awarding ministries to elicit support, saying, 'A lot of grappling occurs when vacancies come up. Will the same tradition be projected in judges' appointments?'
Justice Asif Khosa also remarked that the Committee needs five members to endorse someone as judge; however, six members are required to reject, adding in either case, deadlock of a new kind may emerge.
'The issues should be dissolved with practicable solutions,' the Chief Justice asked Wasim Sajjad to apprise the same to the Parliament.
Justice Javed Iqbal said merit continued to be neglected in the appointment of judges and junior judges were promoted to the Supreme Court from Balochistan.
The prime minister also can join the Parliamentary Committee for judges' appointments, Wasim Sajjad submitted.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from The Statesman. For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Copyright HT Media Ltd.
Provided by Syndigate.info an Albawaba.com company