ISLAMABAD - Raising objection on the list of 20 lawyers being proposed for appointment as judges Lahore High Court, Pakistan Bar Council has observed if such recommendations are materialised, it would amount to violation of law laid down in Al-Jehad case.

The PBC executive committee has passed two resolutions, raising questions over the appointment of judges in the Lahore and Sindh High Courts. The executive committee on the pointation of PBC executive body member, Mian Abbas Ahmed, expressed concern over a news item appeared in the press regarding the list of 20 lawyers being proposed for their appointment as judges of the Lahore High Court.

The PBC committee was also informed that majority of the lawyers were non-practicing. The committee proposed that the chief justices of the High Courts should consult the nominees or representatives of the relevant bar councils in the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) in processing and initiation of lists of recommendees for the appointment of judges in High Courts, before the same are forwarded to the Judicial Commission.

The committee resolved that the present strength of judges in almost every High Court is badly affecting the dispensation of justice and causing great hardship to the ordinary litigants.

The PBC executive body has already unanimously expressed dissatisfaction over the present JCP procedure regarding the appointment of judges and declared the process non-transparent.

The committee supported the resolution, passed in the bar associations and the members Pakistan and Sindh Bar Councils convention, held on October 08, 2011 at Hyderabad, regarding judges appointment in Sindh High Court, for appointment of the judges of the Sindh High Court from lawyers of competence and integrity hailing from interior Sindh as well.

The PBC expressed its dismay over the present situation, prevailing upon the Sindh High Court, where more than half of its sanctioned strength of judges is vacant resulting not only pilling up of pending cases but also causing mistrust and distress among the litigant public as they have to wait for very long to see disposal of their cases.

The executive committee of the Pakistan Bar Council, therefore, earnestly requested all the concerned authorities for taking immediate practical steps to accelerate appointment of judges of the Sindh High Court, so as to complete its sanctioned strength.

They hoped that in that pursuit the Chief Justice of SHC and Judicial Commission of Pakistan will take into consideration the sentiments and aspirations of the legal fraternity and ensure appointment of really competent, honest and professional lawyers as SHC judges.