ISLAMABAD - Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has summoned the Judicial Commission meeting today for the appointment of Supreme Courts judges. According to sources, the commission will consider the names of high courts judges for the elevation in the Supreme Court as now the apex court has been left with only 13 judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to deal more then 16,000 cases including high profile matters related to public importance. Dr Khalid Ranjha, a member of the JC, has also confirmed that he had been invited in the meeting today. ts worth mentioning here that the superior judiciary is already facing acute shortage of senior judges after the removal of more than 100 judges as a result of the apex courts July 31, 2009 judgment. There are not many senior judges in the high courts for the elevation to the apex court as presently the lot in high courts are newly inducted judges, who dont meet the mandatory requirement of serving at least five years at high courts before elevation to the Supreme Court. There are only three senior judges, including the Chief Justice, in the Lahore High Court (LHC) who qualified to be elevated. But if they are elevated to the Supreme Court then LHC would be left with junior judges. In the Sindh High Court (SHC) there are five senior judges namely Chief Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Maqbool Baqar, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, while the Peshawar High Court (PHC) has just three senior judges, including Chief Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan, Justice Shah Jehan Khan and Justice Dost Muhammad Khan, while all the remaining twelve judges were inducted in 2009 or 2010. The situation in the Balochistan High Court (BHC) is totally opposite as none of its judge qualifies to be promoted to the apex court because they do not meet the mandatory requirement of five-year experience. The legal gurus opine that in view of the present scenario the Judicial Commission should recommend the names of senior lawyers, who meet the mandatory requirement, for their appointment as judges of the apex court. The senior lawyers say that the Judicial Commission should make efforts to fill the vacant seats in the high courts and recommend the names for the appointment as judges of high court. Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council, Latif Afridi at the Full Court reference on the retirement of Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui had pointed out this fact that In Sindh High Court there are only 16 judges against the total strength of 45. In Peshawar High Court there are 15 judges against 20, and in Lahore also there are complaints about the number as well as the quality of judges, while the Balochistan High Court is also no exception.