ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government’s failure to fill key posts in different institutions.

The court said that so far Higher Education Commission chairman has not been appointed and many other institutions are also headless. “Why was the government hesitant to appoint chairman/heads of so many institutions like National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) and Federal Services Tribunal (FST).”

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja asked the attorney general why didn’t the search committee start its work to find suitable candidates for the slots.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing a case related to mushroom growth of law colleges in the country.

The Pakistan Bar Council had petitioned seeking implementation of new rules and procedures for affiliation of new colleges with the universities. The apex bar wants to formulate new rules with the coordination of HEC.

The court directed the Punjab University for inspection of its affiliated colleges whether they are fulfilling the laid down procedure and submit report.

Additional Attorney General Shah Khawar told the court that Dr Mukhtar Ahmad was executive director of the commission. The court observed that as per rules any member of the commission could serve as chairman of HEC for three months if the slot is vacant.

The Chief Justice sought complete list of universities and affiliated colleges, saying that the noble profession is being commercialised in the name of different universities.

Justice Jawwad said that he also taught law in a university for two years and the court wanted to ensure standard of these institutions established for sacred purpose.

As per PBC’s proposal a serving judge must be included in the governing body of college for its affiliation with any university, so that transparency could be ensured.