ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday formally appointed his lawyer in contempt case Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan as member of the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment and he could also be made the chairman of the committee.

The slot of the chairman of this eight-member committee became vacant after the appointment of Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari as the Senate chairman and to fill the vacant seat the government notified Aitzaz Ahsan as its member.

The Senate Secretariat also issued a notification of appointment of Aitzaz as member of the committee. According to sources, Aitzaz is likely to be made the chairman of the committee in the upcoming meeting of the committee and a decision in this regard has already been taken.

Sources aware of the developments taking place on this front informed TheNation that PML-N which was right now having the equal strength of members in the committee would not oppose the candidature of Aitzaz as the chairman of the committee because of his amity with the N leadership.

Meanwhile, in another development to woo the support of the JUI-F the main opposition party in both the houses, newly-appointed Leader of Opposition in Senate Ishaq Dar has given the name of Parliamentary head of JUI-F in the Upper House to be the second member of the opposition in the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment from Senate. While the PML-N is yet to nominate another member in the committee from National Assembly and most likely Zahid Hamid would be the choice of the party.

Under the rules the Leader of House and Leader of Opposition in both the houses are to give two names each from their respective house to constitute the eight-member committee.

Right now after the nomination of Ch Aitzaz Ahsan as member of the committee the four members of treasury from both the houses is complete. The other member of the committee from Senate is PML-Q President Ch Shujaat Hussain while from National Assembly PPP is represented by Ms Asma Arbab Alamgir and Aftab Shahban Mirani.

While from Opposition side Senator Ishaq Dar and JUI-F Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri from Senate while from National Assembly Sardar Mehtab Ahmand Khan Abbassi is representing the opposition while another member of opposition would be notified by the PML-N Leader of Opposition in National Assembly and most likely Zahid Hamid name would be given.