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Judges' appointment at SHC crucial: SC.

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 13 -- The Supreme Court has maintained that as parliamentary committee will exercise the powers of executive in the appointment of judges and so in this situation where the principle of separation of judiciary from executive will stand.

A 17-member larger bench of SC presided over by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed the hearing of identical constitutional petitions seeking nullification of certain clauses of 18th amendment.

The CJP remarked the appointment of judges was necessary at the Balochistan Hight Court.

Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq maintained that the government was serious regarding appointment of judges at SHC.

Counsel for federation Nasrullah Warraich argued that parliament and other institutions would grow stronger after implementation of 18th Amendment.

The apex court had already maintained that appointment of judges was mandate of the executive, he added.

"Parliamentary committee will exercise the powers of executive in the process of appointment of judges. If it is so then where the principle of the separation of judiciary from executive will stand?" the CJP questioned.

Warraich said the independence of judiciary could not be possible without the movement of lawyers. However the lawyers were not satisfied over the new appointment of judges, he added.

"This is wrong as appointment of any new judge has not been challenged," CJP remarked.

The hearing has been adjourned till August 16.

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Publication:The Statesman (Peshawar, Pakistan)
Date:Aug 13, 2010
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