LAHORE - After a heated debate on the issue of shortage of judges in the judiciary and the resultant miseries of litigants, Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said the Punjab Chief Minister would write a letter to the Governor Punjab and the Federal Law Ministry today (Friday) to remind them about delay in the appointment of judges in the higher judiciary. Responding to the arguments of Saeed Akbar Niwani on the Assembly floor on Thursday, he accepted that the shortage of judges was seriously affecting the judicial work and was adding to the woes of litigants. The law minister said the Punjab government had forwarded its advice for the appointment of 28 judges in the Lahore High Court to the Governor Punjab on December 21, 2009. Giving details, he said the Punjab CM received names of 28 judges from the Chief Justice LHC in the first week of December and after completing all the necessary requirements within 10-12 days, the summary was forwarded to the Governor Punjab on December 21, 2009. He said he was unaware that whether the summary was in the Governor House or the Federal Ministry of Law. Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmed said the federal government was reviewing different things relating to the judges appointment. He, however, assured the House the issue would be resolved at the earliest. Nazim Hussain Shah said no judge throughout the world had the authority to make appointment of another judge. He said it was executive that appoints judges with the consultation of LHC and SC Chief Justices. He said it was the authority of the parliament to do legislation and the judiciary could only interpret it. Urging the legislators to avoid discussing the issue of a sensitive nature, Rana Sana said the discussion should not be prolonged on judicial related issue. He said the courts could better explain the word consultation. He stated it was not mandatory and binding upon the provincial government to give positive report on every judge as they were relying on input from different departments. He said the Charter of Democracy signed by PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto provides procedure for the appointment of judges. Deputy Opposition Leader Mohsin Leghari alleged that the government was holding a planted debate and discussing the conduct of judges and the Governor. He said under the rules, the parliament could not discuss the conduct of judges and the Governor. He claimed that the debate was held just to apprise the public that provincial government was going to write a letter to the federal government on the issue of judges appointment. He said the CM should have written letter as his own and there was no need of a planted debate. Terming the allegations of a planted debate as baseless, Rana Sana said the legislators raised the issue after seeing plight of the litigants. He said there were only 20 judges working in the LHC against existing vacancies of 60. He said it was clearly mentioned in the law that state shall ensure expeditious justice to the masses.