Judiciary crisis in Pakistan

February 15, 2010 Justice Sharif, Justice Nisar reject govt decision Updated at: 1913 PST, Saturday, February 13, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Khwaja Sharif and Justice Saqib Nisar, the senior most LHC judge, Saturday refused to accept the decision of the government.

They made it clear that they will not go against the recommendation or instruction of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Talking to Geo News’ senior correspondent Abdul Qayum Siddiqui, Justice Saqib Nisar said he was invited to take oath as Acting CJ of LHC on Sunday by Governor Salman Taseer, but he refused the invitation by saying: “The orders of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry are binding for me and I will not take any step against the recommendation or instruction of the CJP.”

Earlier, President Asif Ali Zardari elevated Justice Khwaja Sharif as SC judge and Justice
Saqib Nisar as Acting CJ of LHC through a notification.


Judges’ appointments: 5-judge bench formed Updated at: 1529 PST, Saturday, February 13, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has constituted a lager bench headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan to hear the constitutional petitions regarding the delay in appointments of judges in the higher judiciary, Geo News reported Saturday.

The larger bench comprises Justice Shakirullah Jan, Justice Raja Muhammed Fayyaz, Justice Jawwad Owais Khawja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Rehmat Hussain Jaffery.

The larger bench will hear the petitions regarding the delay in judges’ appointments on February 18 and 19.

The two-judge bench, during initial hearing of the constitutional petitions against delay in judges’ appointment, sought comprehensive reply from federal government and other parties to the case. The same two-member bench also recommended to Chief Justice of Pakistan to constitute a larger bench to hear the case.

The SC bench also called for the record of recommendations of judges’ appointments sent by the CJs of SC and the four high courts through their registrars

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