ISLAMABAD - The Constitutional Reforms Committee of the Parliament managed to evolve consensus on the appointment mechanism for judges in the superior courts, sources aware of the deliberations of the Committee informed. The sources said that the members of the Committee belonging to Pakistan Muslim League(Quaid) had reservations over the constitution of the Parliamentary Commission to oversee the working of the Judicial Commission in the appointment of judges to the superior courts. The concept of the Judicial Commission and Parliamentary Commission was actually taken from the Charter of Democracy (CoD) but some changes in it were introduced on the recommendations of some members of the Committee. The sources said that all the members of the Committee were unanimous on formation of a Judicial Commission and its composition and they had also relaxed certain qualifications set for the Chairman and its members mentioned in the Charter of Democracy. The condition that no judge who had ever taken oath under PCO could become its chairman or member of the Judicial Commission was relaxed and it was stated that the condition would apply on the period following the signing of the CoD between the two major political parties - Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League(Nawaz). The main disagreement was on the formation of the Parliamentary Commission to oversee the working of the Judicial Commission, as some of the members of the Committee said that in this way the whole exercise of appointment of judges would be politicised. But after long and heated discussions, the differences were thrashed out by the members and it was agreed upon in the meeting that a Parliamentary Commission having eight members, four each from National Assembly and Senate and having equal representation from treasury and opposition, would be constituted to monitor the working of the proposed Judicial Commission. The eight-member Parliamentary Commission would elect its chairman on its own and would be empowered to reject any name of the judge proposed by the Judicial Commission with three-fourth of the strength of the commission. The role of Prime Minister and President in the whole exercise of appointment of judges in the superior judiciary was reduced to a ceremonial approval as after the clearance of the names for appointment of judges in superior judiciary from the Parliamentary Commission the same would be forwarded to PM who would send it for notification to the President. Sources said that the meeting also discussed proposals of political parties regarding amendments to these articles and decided that only a person having Pakistani citizenship would be appointed judge of the Supreme Court. The proposed Judicial Commission would be headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan with the chief justices of high courts of the four provinces, Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Attorney General of Pakistan, heads of Supreme Court Bar Association and Pakistan Bar Council as its regular members. While the Presidents of provincial bar associations would sit in the commission when the appointments in their respective high courts would be taken up.