ISLAMABAD - Judicial Commission of Pakistan yesterday recommended the appointment of nine additional judges for the Sindh High Court and confirmation of eight judges for the Lahore High Court.

The commission met under the chair of Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali in the Supreme Court building. The meeting was also participated by four senior judges of apex court, law minister, attorney general and representative of Pakistan Bar Council. The JCP also proposed one-year extension to the service of four additional judges of LHC.

According to the sources names recommended for additional judge of SHC include are Ghulam Qadir Laghari, Abdul Ghani Soomro, Muhammad Iqbal Mahr, Khadim Hussain M Sheikh, Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan, Mahmood Ahmad Khan, K.K Agha, Anwar Hussain and Muhammad Faisal Kamal Alam.

The current strength of the Sindh High Court is 40 but presently 25 judges are performing their duties.

The LHC additional judges recommended for confirmation are Justice Arshad Mahmood Tabassum, Justice Muhammad Tariq Abbasi, Justice Ch. Muhammad Masood Jahangir, Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, Justice Ali Akbar Quraishi, Justice Shahid Karim, Justice Qazi Amin and Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf.

The tenure of Justice Khalid Mahmood Malik, Justice Mushtaq Ahmad, Justice Masood Abid Naqvi and Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal has been extended for one year.

The commission, however, dropped the names of Justice Mahmood Ahmad Bhatti and Justice Sohail Iqbal Bhatti for further extension.

It is also learnt that the commission will hold special meeting next month to discuss amendments in JCP rules 2010.

Pakistan Bar Council on March 15, 2013 had submitted a proposal seeking the transfer of JCP chairman’s powers regarding the appointment of judges of superior courts to the commission.

JCP’s Chairman is Chief Justice of Pakistan. The rules could not be amended due to the pendency of 18th amendment case but now the top court had delivered judgment in this regard on August 5.