RAWALPINDI Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC), Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, has remarked that backdoor diplomacy played a key role in resolving the issue of the judges appointment amicably. Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif said this while addressing the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) Rawalpindi after inaugurating Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Complex here on Thursday. It is pertinent to mention that the LHCBA named the its main building as Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Complex while one of its hall as Justice Khawaja Sharif Hall and another hall as Sardar Asmatullah Hall, former LHCBA president, for his leading role which he played during the lawyers movement. Addressing the lawyers, Khawaja said that by the grace of God, the dispute between the judiciary and the Government was over and the matter of judges had been resolved quite amicably and the backdoor diplomacy played vital role in this regard. Pakistan is an Islamic republic and only Islamic country which has nuclear bomb. It is facing numerous threats and our country is not in a position to afford such kind of controversies, LHC CJ Sharif said. I believe in Allah and I also knew that my leader, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would handle the situation when I came to know about the notification that was issued on Saturday, he added. He also appreciated the role of Attorney General of Pakistan, Justice (retd.) Anwar Mansoor Khan in this regard, adding that it would be unjust if they did not praise him for the efforts, which he made to resolve this issue. Justice Sharif said that the few people exploited the situation while 99.9 percent legal experts, columnists, prominent media persons and general public through the newspapers and TV channels expressed that the opinion of the CJ in the matter of appointment of the judges would prevail ultimately. He expressed his gratitude to the almighty Allah while saying that the situation would have become worse otherwise. He congratulated the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and lauded role of the lawyers who immediately held rallies at the Constitution Avenue to protest for the judiciary. He said that he belonged to a middle class family and could understand problems of the poor people. We had been working with only twenty judges and two out of them were also elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan. But now 22 new judges have been appointed that increased the number of judges up to 40. But even 40 judges are not enough as there should be 60 judges in the Lahore High Court in accordance with the law, he added. Before that the LHCBA Rawalpindi demanded of the CJ to appoint more judges at the Rawalpindi Bench. LHCBA President, Malik Shehzad Ahmad Gheba informed Justice Sharif that previously there had been six judges working at the LHC Rawalpindi Bench along with eight judges of the Islamabad High Court. He said that after the dissolution of the IHC, now there were only two judges working at LHC Rawalpindi Bench while the number of pending cases had gone up to 10275. Justice Sharif assured the lawyers that there would be at least four to five judges from Saturday onward to speed up disposal of the cases. Justice Sharif also announced a special bench that would hear murder cases only. He said that after restoration of the judges on March 16, 2009, there had been judges working in the LHC were upright and honest. Now we have tried to dispel the image that only some particular lawyers could get decisions of their choice, he maintained. On a demand of the LHCBA regarding the young lawyers welfare, Khawaja Sharif said that he had already directed the concerned authorities to record witnesses through the young lawyers on commission, as this would help them to make some money and gain some experience. Earlier, the LHCBA President thanked the LHC CJ for the grant of two million rupees for the renovation of the LHC Bars building. Justice Sharif also directed the Additional Registrar to solve the parking problem at the LHC Rawalpindi. The LHCBA President while addressing the gathering said that the independent judiciary was not acceptable for many people and it was very necessary to protect the independence. LHCBA also awarded the Additional Registrar, LHC Rawalpindi Bench with a shield for his cooperation to the Bar and making better arrangements for the litigants.