ISLAMABAD Appointment of some 64 new judges in the superior judiciary is ostensibly being delayed by the presidency either on one pretext or the other, as it seems to be at tenterhook since the Supreme Court of Pakistan termed National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) null and void. Talking to TheNation, top legal minds categorically said that the Government wanted to bring her blue-eyed as well as hand picked judges in high courts of all provinces. The president is morally bound to approve the recommendations of Chief Justices as he received the summary last month, they explained when this scribe requested them to explain the whole saga of judicial turmoil. The government should have appointed new judges in superior judiciary before 31st August 2009 but it was falling back upon the delaying tactics, noted lawyer Barrister Akram Sheikh said. There was no procedural delay in appointment of new judges as recommendations by Chief Justices through proper channels had already been sent to Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani since months, he explained. Barrister Ahmed Raza Kasuri, while talking to TheNation said, Political deliberations were behind the procrastination in appointment of judges when their early appointments were a pressing need for superior courts to overcome the backlog. Besides, mechanism to appoint high courts judges is set under Articles 182, 177 and 193 of Constitution of Pakistan, he said. Article 182 sets criteria for appointment of adhoc judges, 177 for Supreme Court judges and finally article 193 of the constitution sets criteria for appointment of high courts judges, Kasuri explained. According to details, 36 new judges have to be appointed in Lahore High Court, 22 in Sindh High Court, 4 in Balochistan High Court, 3 in Peshawar High Court while one judge has to be appointed in the apex court. Noted lawyer Ikram Chaudhry was of the view that the delay in appointment of judges was due to partiality of President Asif Ali Zardari because he was also co-chairman of the ruling party. He asked when law ministry has sent the summary pertaining to appointment of judges to the President through Prime Minister why the both (PM and President) were not recommending judges names. There is no procedural delay but procrastination, Chaudhry said. Whatever the situation, the government should feel the pulse and appoint judges on merit, he concluded. Meanwhile, Presidents spokesman Farahatullah Babar told TheNation that the summary regarding appointment of above-mentioned judges might have been forwarded to President Asif Ali Zardari. However, he was unaware from such summary recommended by the Prime Minister and later forwarded to Aiwan-i-Sadr. When office of the Attorney General of Pakistan was contacted, it confirmed to ThNation that the government was bound to appoint judges on vacant seats in superior judiciary immediately in light of judges case judgement.