ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is to start admitting cases from tomorrow (December 13) as Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan is keen that the IHC should start functioning as soon as possible, the sources said on Saturday. They told TheNation that the IHC staff had already been working for the last two months. Babar Awan after the first meeting of Judicial Commission of Pakistan while talking to media at the Supreme Court premises stated that the IHC would start functioning but as the Chief Justice and judges of the court had not been appointed yet therefore it could not function. The sources said that the Registrar IHC would start taking the petitions and after the appointment of the Chief Justice and judges the applications would be processed. Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) in its meeting last week had proposed Lahore High Court judge Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman as the chief justice of Islamabad High Court and Peshawar High Court judge Anwar Kansi and Balochistan High Court judge Riaz Khan as the judges of the IHC. They had so far not been appointed because it needed the approval of the Parliamentary Committee under 175-A of the 18th Amendment. The sources said that the Parliamentary Committee meeting would be held on December 15. Islamabad High Court was established under the presidential order on December 14, 2007. President Pervez Musharraf had administered oath to the first Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Justice Sardar Mohammad Aslam on February 7, 2008. The Supreme Court on July 31, 2009, while hearing Constitution Petition No09 and 08 of 2009 struck down the order of establishment of the Islamabad High Court and reverted the judicial system of Pakistan to the status of Nov 2, 2007. All the judges who were part of judiciary on November 2, 2007, were ordered to return to their original courts. All judges who were not part of judiciary, were ordered to cease acting as judges. The employees of the court were ordered back to their original positions or to federal surplus pool. According to the sources more than 1,600 cases have already been shifted from Islamabad District Courts to the Capitals High Court, similarly, transfer of the cases from LHC Rawalpindi bench still continues as more than 5,000 cases would be shifted to the IHC. IHC Bar Association President Sajjad Afzal Cheema ha stated that the Law Minister had also ensured that the Islamabad Bar Council would also be established soon. We want the new appointment of the judges should be made from IHC Bar Association, he said. The federal government in pursuance of the 18th Amendment had already issued a notification for establishment of the IHC and the judges for the Islamabad High Court would be taken from all the four provinces and Fata.