LAHORE - The names of two former judges and five advocates would be considered at the next Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) meeting for appointment as judges of the Lahore and Islamabad high courts, sources said.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani had asked the chief justices of both the high courts to propose the names of competent lawyers for their appointments as judges.

The sources said the chief justices of the two high courts had finalised the names of advocates Imitiaz Rasheed Siddiqui, Ehtesham Qadir Shah, Multan Bar Association President Shahbaz Haider Rizvi, two additional advocate generals of Punjab – Nayyar Rizvi and Faisal Zaman – former Punjab Advocate General Shahid Kareem and former member of tax tribunal Shahid Jamil.

They said the proposed names had been finalised by the chief justice of the LHC and IHC and the same would be placed at the next JC meeting.

Imitiaz Rasheed Siddiqui and Ehtesham Qadir Shah had been removed from the high court in view of a judgment passed on July 31, 2009, by an apex court bench headed by former CJP Iftikkhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Imitiaz Rasheed Siddiqui and Ehteham Qadir Shah had been appointed as high court judges on the recommendation of former CJP Abdul Hameed Dogar during the rule of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

“Imitiaz and Ehtesham are being considered as competent lawyers and will be appointed on fresh-appointment basis,” the sources maintained, adding they were not PCO judges as they had taken oath as judges when the Constitution of Pakistan had been restored. Imitiaz Rasheed Siddiqui is being considered for appointment as an IHC judge.