ISLAMABAD - Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Judges to Superior Courts in its Friday’s in-camera session decided that an already formed sub-committee should convene its meeting at the earliest to finalise its recommendations on the procedure of appointment of judges.The committee met under its Chairman MNA Mohammad Arsad Leghari, while Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq and senators Farooq H Nek, Rafique Rajoawana, Haji Muhammad Adeel as well as MNAs Muhammad Bashir Virk, Syed Naveed Qamar and Shah Mahmood Qureshi participated in it as members. Secretary Senate Amjad Pervez also participated in the meeting. The committee directed the sub-committee that it should study and hold detailed research on the procedure of appointment of judges of superior judiciary of different democracies of the world. It was also directed to invite Pakistan Bar Council, Supreme Court Bar Association and other provincial bar associations to have their in-put on the procedure of appointment of judges. Senator Farooq H Naek is the convener of the sub-committee. The committee also disused in detail to make effective its and the ways to properly implement the decisions of the committee.Senator Haji Muhamad Adeel, member of Awami National Party (ANP) and one of the members of the committee said parliamentary committee had formed a sub-committee to give recommendations on the procedure of appointment of judges. He said that a number of lawyers had been criticising the existing procedure of appointment of judges under the constitution in which Judicial Commission headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan had final say in the appointment procedure. He said that sub-committee would invited known legal experts, former senators who are famous lawyers and provincial bar associations to have their opinion on the issue. The committee will send its recommendations to the parliamentary committee that will send its report to the Parliament, he said. “We want to make a detailed final report on the issue that will be presented in the Parliament,” he added. He also informed that the sub-committee will hold its meeting on next Friday.

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