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LHC gives Punjab govt last chance to appoint judges

LHC Chief Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan issued the orders while hearing a petition filed by the provincial government

By APP
May 21, 2024
Lahore High Court building can be seen in this picture. — APP/File
Lahore High Court building can be seen in this picture. — APP/File

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday gave the Punjab government a final opportunity to appoint judges to special courts.

LHC Chief Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan issued the orders while hearing a petition filed by the provincial government seeking the transfer of certain cases from Anti-Terrorism Court-1 Rawalpindi to another court.

During the proceedings, Punjab Advocate General Khalid Ishaq told the court that the provincial cabinet committee tasked with finalising the appointments of judges had consulted with the chief minister on the issue.

He submitted that the chief minister asked that the issue of judges’ appointments be placed as agenda No 1 in the next cabinet meeting. However, the chief justice remarked, “You should have called a special meeting of the cabinet or done it through circulation.”

He questioned when the next cabinet meeting would be held. At this, the AG submitted that they would call a cabinet meeting on Friday to resolve the issue. The chief justice pointed out the absence of the members of the government committee from the proceedings. The AG submitted that the committee members would appear within half an hour if the court ordered.

He further submitted that the government did not have any objections to the names provided by the LHC for the appointment of judges. Subsequently, the court gave the government a final opportunity to appoint judges.