LAHORE - The appointment of Ashraf Jahan Jamali, wife of Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, as a judge of Federal Shariat Court has been challenged in the Lahore High Court for being in violation of the Constitution.

Three lawyers - Maulvi Iqbal Haider, Fawad Masood and Sheikh Nasir - challenged her appointment, submitting that initially she was appointed as additional judge of Sindh High Court in 2013 in violation of merit. After few months of her appointment, they held, Ms Jamali was transferred to Federal Shariat Court.

The lawyers maintained that her appointment as additional judge of the SHC was made without approval of Parliamentary Committee for judges’ appointment.

In their petition, they further submitted that President of Pakistan on Sept 1, 2014 extended for one-year the tenure of Justice Jamali as additional judge of the SHC when she was working as judge of the FSC at that time.

She was repatriated to SHC as additional judge in Oct 2014 and was made a confirmed judge on Aug 26, 2015, the petitioners stated. The judge was again appointed as judge of the FSC on Aug 28, 2015 in violation of Article 203 of the Constitution, they added.

As the procedure for the appointment of judges in Shariat court and high courts is different, the petitioners alleged that the CJP used his position for the appointment of his wife as FSC judge.

They have prayed to the court to set aside the appointment of Justice Ashraf Jahan Jamali as judge of the Federal Shariat Court.

31 JUDGES TRANSFERRED

The LHC yesterday transferred and posted 31 session judges at various places in Punjab.

LHC registrar Syed Khursheed Rizvi yesterday issued the notification of transfer and posting of the session judges. The notification was available on the LHC website.

The session judges have been directed to assume the charge of their new postings till August 1st.