LAHORE The lack of criteria for the inclusion - or exclusion - of the judges in the judiciary has disturbed the local lawyers, especially after the expulsion of another four judges of the Lahore High Court by the Parliamentary Committee on the heels of removal of 10 by the Judicial Commission last month. Only 28 judges are left now on the LHCs working strength against total sanction of 60 judges. As the situation is adversely affecting the timely administration of justice, the ouster of 14 judges has become the hot topic of the lawyers working in the LHC. Criticising the subjective approach first employed by the Judicial Commission and then by the Committee while dealing with the matter of the judges extension - or otherwise a majority of the lawyers while talking to this scribe observed that the most competent and hard working of the judges have been shown the door. The others held that the system has been politicised, as the Committee got an edge over the Commission and the Judiciary had been left with no other choice but to concede to it. Yet another section of the lawyers, however, opined that the Supreme Court of Pakistan could take care of what they believed the extra power enjoyed by the Committee while adjudicating upon the 19th Amendment on which the edifice of judges appointment to the superior judiciary stands. Under the Amendment, the above-mentioned Committee receives recommended names from the Judicial Commission and has to record reasons ('cogent and justiciable in the language of Al-Jihad case of 1996) if it rejects any of the recommendees. On dissention by the members in this bipartisan Committee of the parliamentarians, a debate can be held on the reasons for not accepting the recommendations, but the rejection would be final. The lawyers view the possibility of the judges appointment being politicised at the level of the parliamentarian committee as its members represent the parties which have their own interests in the political tug-of-war. In the removal of four judges, two members of the Opposition sided with the group of the ruling party, which is just a glimpse of it. The lot of 34 additional judges has been reduced to 20 whose stay in the office is still subject to confirmation by the Judicial Commission and approval by the Committee. Whether or not they get confirmation is anybodys guess, but the Sword of Damocles will continue to dangle over them till their fate is decided. These judges were appointed under the old system and are now up against a hard time. The Judicial Commission would appoint the new judges. Given the present situation, likelihood is that next time the Committee does not accept some of the names sent to it by the Commission. Sharing his concern with other lawyers on the issue, LHCBA Secretary Murtaza Babar Khan said: Through the Committee, the government is seeking control over the Judiciary, hence the judges inclusion or exclusion has been politicised. He also apprehends that the executive, through this means, was making a bid to control an aggressive judiciary. He added: The situation could turn much more drastic and serious if that happens. The best to solve the issue, say the lawyers, is appointment of judges on confirmed basis.