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LHC CJ takes back names of lawyers recommended for posts of judges

National

January 13, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Tuesday took back the names of lawyers he had recommended for their appointment as additional judges of the high court.

The meeting of Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) for the appointment of judges in the superior courts was held here at the Supreme Court, which was chaired by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar Ahmed.

The agenda of the meeting was to recommend the names of 16 lawyers, including three sessions judges, to be appointed as additional judges in LHC earlier recommended by the LHC chief justice. It was learnt that Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan took bake the names of 16 lawyers he had earlier proposed to the JCP for their appointment as additional judges of the LHC.

In order to fill 20 vacancies of judges in the LHC, the chief justice had earlier proposed 16 names of lawyers. At present, 40 judges are working in the court against a constitutionally sanctioned strength of 60.

The JCP was constituted under the 18th Constitutional Amendment. After the Commission recommend appointment of judges in the superior courts, their names are than referred to the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment.