Unfortunately, the reported misdemeanors of Asif Ali Zardari have polluted the minds so much that whatever blame is leveled against him, public takes it granted instantly. However, it is a fact that the verdict this time is--not guilty. We read article 177. "177. "Appointment of supreme court Judges _ (1) The chief Justice of Pakistan shall be appointed by the president and each of the other judges shall be appointed by the president after consultation with the chief justice". The article clearly and unambiguously vests all authority in the President to appoint judges. And in order to exercise that authority the President shall 'consult' with Chief Justice. By no stretch if imagination the words "after consultation" can be construed to mean "under the order of". Even the use of the word "recommendation" in interpreting the word consultation is grossly misleading and out of place. Consultation, under no circumstances abrogates authority vested in the President to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of Pakistan, under this article is simply supposed to provide information, his views or his opinion as sought by the President. Scope and parameters of consultation is purely the domain of the president and CJP has no role in that. Who the president appoints to the Supreme Court is a matter within the lawful authority of the President under the provisions of the constitution and therefore suspension of the Presidential notification is indeed extra-constitutional. Regarding Al-Jihad Trust case or any other case for that matter, it is suffice to say that no legal decisions can vitiate, alter, revise, override or abrogate any provisions of the constitution of Pakistan. President/CJP standoff sheds light on some anomalies which are quite interesting to note: 1. Article 177 places President above the CJP as he makes the appointment of CJP single handedly without consulting anyone. Whereas on the appointment of Judges which is a junior position as compared with the position of CJP the same President, as held by Judiciary, suddenly becomes subordinate to the CJP to issue appointment letters as desired by the CJP. 2. Nobody denies the fact that supreme court is a senior forum as compared to the High court, and therefore, a junior most judge of the Supreme court is senior to the senor most judge of the high court. By elevating (or recommending) Saqib Nisar to the Supreme Court, he becomes senior to Kh. Sharif the Chief Justice of High court. This simply is the violation of the principles of merit and justice, judiciary is entrusted to uphold. 3. Refusal of Kh. Sharif and Saqib Nisar to honor the Presidential notification amounts to gross misconduct which demands disciplinary action including reference to the supreme Judicial Council. -MUHAMMAD AKRAM BHAUR, Lahore, February 19