ISLAMABAD - Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on Wednesday recommended the senior most judge of Balochistan High Court Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai as new chief justice of BHC, the sources said.

The incumbent chief justice of the BHC Ghulam Mustafa Mengal is retiring on December 25. Justice Meskanzai will perform as CJ BHC until September 2018.

The Commission meeting was held in the chair of Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk in Supreme Court building, which was also participated by four senior judges of the Supreme Court Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Saqib Nisar, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and a retired SC judge Justice (retd) Rehmat Hussain Jafferi, Chief Justices of Balochistan High Court and Islamabad High Court, Attorney General of Pakistan and the representative of the Pakistan Bar Council.

The commission deferred the new appointment of two BHC judges saying the next chief justice will initiate fresh names for these slots, the sources further shared with The Nation.

The incumbent BHC chief justice had initiated the names of Sher Shah Kasi, Imtiaz Hussain, Naseer Ahmed Bungalzai, Nizammuddin and Zahoor Ahmed Mengal for two additional judges of BHC.

The JCP after considering four names for the appointment of Islamabad High Court additional judges only proposed the appointment of Lahore based lawyer Amir Farooq as additional judge of IHC.

Earlier, IHC Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi had initiated four nominations - Mohammad Tanvir Meer, Abdul Rehman Siddiqui, Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan and Amir Farooq for the vacant position of additional judge.