After CJP, JCP proposes elevation of LHC Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah as SC judge

ISLAMABAD: Almost two weeks after Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar’s proposal, the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on Thursday also proposed elevation of Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah to a Supreme Court judge.

A commission meeting, led by Justice Nisar, also recommended Justice Yawar Ali Khan as the new LHC chief justice.

Justice Yawar is a member of a special court hearing a treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. He may work as LHC CJ until October.

Justice Shah was appointed as a LHC judge on September 15, 2009 and later, he was appointed as the chief justice in June 2015. He introduced a number of reforms for the betterment of the overall justice system in Punjab and strived to regulate bar associations of the province.

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However, due to a number of measures taken by him to curb a culture of extremism in the legal fraternity, a segment of lawyers was unhappy with him. Similarly, disputes also arose between the bench and the Multan High Court Bar Association last year. Both the times, the apex court had to intervene to sort out the issues.

However, another section of lawyers believed that the services of Justice Shah as the LHC CJ were still required for better changes in the justice system.

Justice Shah will remain a SC judge until November 2027, if he is promoted by the commission. He could then also become the chief justice of Pakistan for three years in the future.

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With his elevation, the Supreme Court will regain its full strength as currently, one seat is vacant in the apex court.

According to a seniority list, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will be the next CJP. Following his retirement, Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Qazi Faez Isa will work as the country’s top judge.

After Justice Isa’s retirement, Justice Shah will be appointed as the CJP, provided he is elevated to the apex court.

The JCP also proposed six names for the appointment of Sindh High Court (SHC) additional judges.

The commission recommended two district and sessions court judges Ishrat Ali Shah and Kausar Sultana Hussain, and four lawyers, Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry, Amjid Ali Sahito, Agha Faisal and Shamsuddin Abbasi for appointment as additional judges for a year.

Presently, 33 judges are working in the SHC while its total strength is 40. After these appointments, one seat will fall vacant.

All recommendations by the JCP will be sent to the Parliamentary Committee on Judges Appointment for consideration.

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