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CJ wary of potential politicising of judges' appointments.

ISLAMABAD, July 30 -- Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said Murree and Chhanga Manga are the ground realities of politics in the country, where ministries have to be gifted to court political support, Geo News reported Thursday.

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.

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Publication:The Statesman (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 30, 2010
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