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Why is Governor Salman Taseer blocking appointment of new judges in Lahore High Court?

Apparently, a very valid question, and according to Justice (retired) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, the real bone of contention. Thus, there are valid reasons for us to scratch this issue a bit further.

If one is to believe Senior Adviser to Shahbaz Sharif, Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa of PML-N, Governor Slman Taseer is responsible for hindering justice because he has been

blocking appointment of judges to the Lahore High Court and has illegally deferred the list of nominees sent by the chief justice of the Lahore High Court…Khosa said the chief justice of the Lahore High Court sent a list of 26 nominees for appointment as judges through the Punjab governor who called them up and asked them to appear for interview. He said out of these 26 nominees some went to the Governor’s House but others refused. He said the LHC chief justice wrote to the federal law secretary to take an affidavit from nominated persons whether they had met Governor Punjab with regard to appointment. He said that ten nominees submitted an affidavit that the governor had tried to get a promise from them that in case they became judges they would support the PPP. He said the chief justice withdrew all these names and had now nominated only 11 people for appointment as judges of the high court. He said that it was a constitutional obligation that the advice of the chief minister should be sought in appointment of judges but the governor did not pay any attention on this clause and he (Taseer) was still holding this list back. He said only 20 judges out of 63 were presently working in the Lahore High Court and cases and shortage of judges, affecting disposal of cases. (Source: The News)

If one is to believe another media report by the Jang group (The News) by Mr Tariq Butt (a loyalist to PML-N), Governor Salman Taseer seems to be causing a bizarre delay in appointment of judges:

The LHC chief justice’s recommendations for appointment of 26 judges remained pending with Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer for more than six weeks. He forwarded them to the federal government just a week back…With these top judicial nominations stuck up mainly because of the government’s defiant policy …, the heaps of pending cases in high courts are fast swelling day by day. This number crossed 100,000 only in the LHC. The present judges at the LHC are not hearing the pending cases but are only disposing of urgent matters, filed every day. At present 36 vacancies exist in the LHC, which has a sanctioned strength of 60 judges. The present 24 judges include four justices, who are not working as contempt of court proceedings are pending against them. So practically, just 20 judges are working. Source: The News

Governor’s objections

According to media reports, sources privy to Governor House suggest that the list of recommendees sent to Governor Taseer was full of contradictions. Originally, there were 29 names, he disclosed and said that one was withdrawn when it was pointed out that the nominee was overage. The name of another recommendee was wrong. Furthermore, six of the 27 nominees are district and sessions judges, who are quite low in the seniority line.

Responding to it, the LHC official said it was the prerogative of the chief justice to weigh the fitness of a sessions judge keeping in view his integrity and competence. Further, he said, nomination of a district judge as LHC justice was not a promotion but a fresh appointment and nobody could claim it as a matter of right. Thus, he said, seniority was no criterion qualifying a district judge to be elevated to the LHC

Another objection raised by the governor, according to the source, is that six of the lawyers recommended for appointment as judges are associated with one law firm of Lahore being run in the name of a powerful personality while another five work with another chamber of the Punjab capital, presided over by a noted figure of the lawyers’ movement. He said this means that eleven out of 21 advocates recommended to be made judges come from just two law chambers.

The governor feels that it has happened that the Punjab CID reported to him that a nominee was extremely good while the Intelligence Bureau said that the recommendee was thoroughly corrupt. “In this situation, he was left with no option but to call the nominee for an interview, which was resented by concerned judicial quarters,” the source said. “The names of all persons who met the governor were dropped from the list.” (Source: The News)

Why is Khawaja Sharif frustrated?

This development has obviously frustrated Chief Justice LHC Khwaja Sharif. Khalid Wasti explains why:

لاہور ہائی کورٹ کے چیف جسٹس نے تقریبا بیس نئے ججوں کی تقرری کے لیئے اپنی سفارشات گورنر پنجاب کی وساطت سے چیف جسٹس سپریم کورٹ کو ارسال کی تھیں جو گورنر پنجاب نے واپس کر دیں –

میڈیا کا ایک حصہ اس بات کو اچھال رہا ہے کہ سفارشات واپس کرنے کی وجہ یہ تھی کہ اس لسٹ میں
پیپلز پارٹی کا کوئی جیالا شامل نہیں تھا – اس بات میں کوئی جھوٹ نہیں – یہ بالکل سچ ہے – لیکن یہ
پورا سچ نہیں ہے – پورا سچ یہ ہے کہ اس لسٹ میں پیپلز پارٹی کا کوئی جیالا شامل نہیں تھا لیکن بیس کے بیس ناموں کا انتخاب شیر پنجاب کی پارٹی سے کیا گیا تھا

اب کہانی قدرے مزید کھل کر سامنے آتی ہے – رستم پنجاب نے ان سفارشات کو اس لیئے روک کر رکھا ہوا تھا کہ خواجہ شریف کی سپریم کورٹ میں تعیناتی کے وقت تک انتظار کیا جائے اور جب ثاقب نثار ہائی کورٹ کا چیف جسٹس بن جائے تو اسے نئی سفارشات مرتب کرنے کے لیئے کہا جائے – دوسری طرف قاضی القضاء بھی اصل کھیل سے بےخبر نہیں بلکہ خود اس ڈرامے کا ایک کردار ہیں اس لیئے انہوں نے صدر پاکستان کو سفارش کی کہ خواجہ شریف کو ہائی کورٹ کا جج رہنے دیا جائے اور ان کے جونیئر ثاقب نثار کو سپریم کورٹ بھیج دیا جائے –

مقصد صاف ظاہر ہے کہ رستم پنجاب ان سفارشات کو کب تک دبا کر اپنے پاس رکھ سکتا ہے ؟ چنانچہ خواجہ صاحب کی تلوار کو رستم پنجاب کے سر پر لٹکائے رکھنا ہی اس مسئلے کا مناسب حل تھا –

خواجہ شریف صاحب نے اپنی خود نوشت میں تحریر کیا کہ جب وہ وکالت کی پریکٹس کرتے تھے تو ان کے پاس اتنے پیسے نہیں تھے کہ وہ اپنے بیٹے کو اعلی تعلیم کے لیئے بیرون ملک بھجوا سکتے – یہ سب اخراجات شہباز شریف نے برداشت کیئے – وہ مزید لکھتے ہیں کہ خدا تعالی کے بعد اگر میں کسی کا شکر گزار ہوں تو وہ شہباز شریف ہیں

خدا وندا ترے یہ سادہ دل بندے کدھر جائیں
کہ درویشی بھی عیاری ہیں سلطانی بھی عیاری

Federal government rejects all nominations and explains its objections

Striking down Justice Khwaja Sharif’s entire lot of nominees for appointment as judges of the Lahore High Court, the federal government has formally informed the Chief Justice, Justice Khwaja Sharif, that his list contained serious “flaws” and did not meet the set constitutional criteria.

A list of objections has been sent to the LHC CJ through Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, asking the CJ to address them prior to sending his revised list of nominees. The federal government, according to sources, was also grossly disappointed by the total absence of any female nominees.

LHC CJ Khawaja Mohammad Sharif has now been told by the Law Ministry that his summary, seeking nomination of 23 advocates and six judicial officers, as additional judges, contained serious flaws, and there were certain reservations which needed to be addressed before any consideration of those names by President Asif Ali Zardari.

The Law Ministry was surprised to note that no background of any nominee was provided, including the professional history of any nominee. But, despite these lapses, the Punjab governor had still recommended 19 names, but the Law Ministry did not agree with the governor as in its official assessment “sufficient credentials” were not given in the summary to convince the concerned competent authority. The sources said the federal government also upheld the objections of Governor Taseer, who had made it clear to President Zardari in his own comments that the LHC CJ had simply sent him the names and did not forward the required details about their past. For example, sources said, the main objection against these names was that the LHC CJ did not mention when a particular advocate now recommended for slot of a judge had joined the legal profession.

Likewise, the Punjab governor had charged the CJ LHC of demonstrating “nepotism” in nominees selection as either he gave preference to lawyers working directly or indirectly in his own chamber at Lahore, or those who were linked with Hamid Khan Group. Likewise, the nomination of lawyers from a ‘certain biradri’ had apparently stressed both the Punjab governor and now the federal government, sources said. Likewise, nomination of 12 lawyers out of 23 from Lahore had also caused some consternation in Islamabad.

The source said the LHC CJ has also been informed that he had evidently ignored certain judicial officers, bypassing the principle of seniority and legitimate expectancy stating in his letter that “either their performance is not up to the mark or they don’t enjoy good reputation”. It has now been pointed out that in the interest of the justice and fairness, it would have been more appropriate if the CJ had given specific reasons against each name/judicial officer who had been ignored by him rather than condemning all of them by giving one generalized comment. It has been further pointed out that the “criteria of fitness and suitability has an edge over the seniority and legitimate expectancy, but arbitrarily ignoring seniority is bound to harbour despondency and heart burning in the subordinate judiciary”.

Lack of objective information

It has been objected that in view of the availability of the following data with the office of the chief justice, recording specific reasons to ignore the senior judicial officers would have been possible:

(a) Annual confidential reports of the session judges are recorded by the chief justice;

(b) Complaint against district judiciary are received and processed in the computerized complaint cell of the Lahore High Court;

(c) Performance of the district judiciary is evaluated on monthly, quarterly and yearly basis in the Lahore High Court, keeping in view any explanation called, observations made or strictures passed.

Against them in the high court/supreme court of Pakistan.

(d) Resolution (s) of any Bar Association with regard to the performance or reputation of the judicial officer.

It has now been observed in the list of objections over the list that the above-mentioned factors were not taken into consideration while assessing the suitability of the judicial officer for elevation to the high court. The objections also included confusion created by serious typographical mistakes and also inclusion of a candidate, Mohammad Ramzan Khalid Lurka, who was already past the high court judge’s retirement age of 62.

Charity begins at home, i.e., at the home of PML-N and PTI (Hamid Khan Group)

The Punjab governor had also informed the president that out of 28 persons, recommended by the LHC CJ, five advocates—Shahid Karim, Mamoon Rashid Sheikh, Waqar Hassan Mir, Ms Gulzar Butt and Mian Mahmood—were directly or indirectly affiliated with the Chamber of LHC CJ Khawaja Mohammad Sharif. Similarly, four advocates, Mian Shahid Iqbal, Mohammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, Shaukat Umar Peerzada and Anwer Bhour, are reported to be closely associated with the Hamid Khan group. Source: The News

Why is Zardari frustrated?

Simple explanation:

گل بانٹے ہے اوروں کی طرف بلکہ ثمر بھی
اے خانہ بر انداز چمن کچھ تو ادھر بھی

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  • Rahimullah Yusufzai writes in The News, 16 Feb 2010:

    It is true that Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is presently enjoying the trust of his fellow judges. The attempts by the government to create divisions in the judiciary have failed, as we saw Justice Saqib Nisar refusing to take oath as acting chief justice of the Lahore High Court and declaring that he would abide by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s instructions.

    However, the chief justice must remember that most judges of the superior courts had in the end abandoned him the last time and some had turned hostile to him. The tables on him could turn if the power equation were to undergo a change. Besides, there must a satisfactory answer to the question agitating the minds of many Pakistanis as to why Justice Khwaja Sharif, the chief justice of the Lahore High Court, isn’t being elevated as judge of the Supreme Court even if Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is within his constitutional powers to keep him in Lahore, and instead elevate Justice Saqib Nisar to the apex court.

    Many people feel that the principle of elevating the top judge of the high court to the Supreme Court should be followed in letter and spirit and this issue shouldn’t be made hostage to other considerations. A serious effort ought to be made to clarify and explain this point as it is creating divisions in the ranks of lawyers, causing confusion among political workers and the general public and increasing animosity between the PPP and PML-N and their allies.

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=224529

  • But away from the cacophony and drama, the legal questions at the heart of the matter (the process by which judges of the superior judiciary are selected and promoted) have prompted a serious debate that is challenging conventional wisdom. For example, let’s assume that the ‘right’ interpretation of the constitution is that the president is absolutely, in every instance, bound by the chief justice’s recommendations when it comes to appointing judges of the superior courts. In that case, should there not be certain ‘checks’ on the chief justice’s discretion? True, presently the president has the right to object to any nominee if he gives reasons for doing so. But ultimately it is the SC that will decide whether those reasons are ‘good’ or not.

    Was the constitution framed to give the SC chief justice ultimate control of the appointment process? If it was not, then what is the best mechanism for limiting the chief justice’s discretion? Should it be a hard-and-fast seniority rule? Or should the constitution be amended along the lines of the suggestions in the Charter of Democracy, giving parliament a central role in the matter? These debates are about more than President Zardari or Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry: they are about building strong institutions that will outlast individuals. Unfortunately, the political noise is threatening to drown out everything else at the moment.

    Dawn Editorial, 16 February
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/16-more-brickbats-hs-02

  • Does anyone know about Hamid Khan’s somersaults regarding the seniority issues. A few years ago, he was a vehement supporter of the seniority principle; and now an opponent. SO much for the insaf of tehreek-e-insaf? Here is a relevant excerpt from Khalid Jawed Khan’s article:

    As the matter of the non-appointment of a large number of judges in the high courts lay pending before the Supreme Court (SC), the government issued notifications appointing Chief Justice Khawaja Mohammad Sharif of the Lahore High Court (LHC) as a judge of the SC and the LHC’s senior-most judge after him, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, as acting chief justice of the LHC.

    If Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif did not accept this appointment, he would be deemed to have retired from office by virtue of Article 206(2) of the constitution. These appointments were contrary to the recommendations of the chief justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudhry. The recommendations were conveyed to the government during the consultative process envisaged in Article 177.

    The government’s view has been that since the office of a judge was vacant due to the retirement of Justice Khalil Ramday, the senior-most judge of the LHC, i.e. its chief justice, should be elevated to the SC while the next in terms of seniority should be LHC chief justice. The government claims it is adhering to the principle of seniority.

    As against this it appears that Justice Chaudhry had recommended the elevation of Justice Saqib Nisar to the SC and the appointment of Justice Khalil Ramday as ad hoc judge of that court. The government conveyed to the chief justice its disagreement with these views. The matter was then reportedly referred back to the government with the chief justice reaffirming his original opinion.

    In the light of the SC judgments in the Al Jihad Trust PLD 1996 SC 324, the Supreme Court Bar Association PLD 2002 SC 939 and the Sindh High Court Bar Association PLD 2009 SC 879 cases, read together with Article 260 of the constitution, the legal position that emerges is that the consultative process envisaged for the appointment of judges between the government and the chief justice should be effective, meaningful, purposive and consensus-oriented, leaving no room for complaint of arbitrariness.

    On the issue of appointment of the judges to the superior courts the Pakistani chief justice’s recommendation is entitled to be accepted in the absence of very sound reasons forwarded by the executive. The reasons recorded by the executive are justiciable while the opinion of the chief justice of Pakistan is not justiciable. These principles were reaffirmed by a 17-member bench of the Supreme Court in its recent pronouncement on July 31, 2009 reported in PLD 2009 SC 879.

    The government’s contention appears to be that it was following the neutral and universally acclaimed principle of seniority and this being a sound and legitimate reason, it was entitled to deviate from the recommendation of the chief justice. Even in the Al Jihad Trust case the SC had observed that the senior-most judge of the high court had a legitimate expectancy to be considered for appointment as the chief justice of the high court.

    The principle of seniority was also reaffirmed in the case of Malik Asad Ali PLD 1998 SC 161 where the SC held that in the absence of concrete and valid reasons, the senior-most judge has to be appointed chief justice. Following this principle former Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah was even removed from office.

    While the SC’s observations in the Al Jihad Trust and Malik Asad cases and the principle of seniority do lend some weight to the government’s views, convention and the subsequent SC judgment in the Supreme Court Bar Association PLD 2002 SC 939 case negate the government’s views. In the Supreme Court Bar Association case, the SC had held that the principle of seniority and legitimate expectancy could not be extended to the appointment of judges of the Supreme Court.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/16-appointment-of-judges-hs-01

  • Marvi Sirmed writes in Daily Times:

    The technical side of the whole issue aside, there is an ugly political side to it as well, which amply puts everything in perspective. Justice Khwaja Sharif, whose elevation is in question, is a former member of a city council from Muslim League (now PML — N) and a family friend of the Sharifs, which makes it easier for the Sharif brothers to rule Punjab comfortably compared to a situation where a non-partisan judge becomes the Chief Justice of LHC. In order to secure their undisturbed political future, the Sharif brothers are understandably leaving no stone unturned to keep Justice Khwaja Sharif in as the CJ of the LHC.

    What irks an objective mind is why the Supreme Court is making the presidential decision a point of friction? Sections of the media, in connivance with the PML-N, are doing no good to democracy by insisting on something as visibly partisan as his demand to keep Justice Khwaja Sharif in the LHC. In a well-attended press conference in Islamabad, Mian Nawaz Sharif termed the presidential notification an attack on the judiciary, and the president himself as the biggest threat to democracy. Both these statements make him appear a political pygmy, as he could not answer one simple question: how will keeping Justice Khwaja Sharif in the LHC ensure democracy and the independence of the judiciary? Not that this question was put to him in the press conference, which appeared like an internal meeting of the PML-N.

    In all this tumult, we are forgetting what is at stake. A section of the media is putting the credibility of the entire media at risk by siding blindly with the political interests of one political party. Chasing small-term superficial benefits and satisfying the fragile egos of a few anchorpersons is going to curtail the freedom of the media at the hands of the media itself. Freedom is not necessarily attacked only through curbs by the government. Rather, the media itself has to ensure that one actor of the political arena does not exploit the media for its own selfish political interests. Freedom of the media does not rest in freedom to use strong abusive words against someone. It rather rests in the freedom to report the facts. If the media restrains itself from reporting the facts and continues with an opinionated and partisan media trial of anybody who fails to offer a competitive benefits package, it surely is going to erode not only the media’s credibility in the eyes of the people, but will rob it of its own freedom.

    The second casualty of this unrealistic and false hype about a concocted ‘judicial crisis’ would be the judiciary. It is quite sad to see the judiciary endangering its own independence by insisting on something that could best be described as its tilt towards those who marched for Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s restoration. Also, putting aside the principle of seniority following the judgement under a dictator’s regime would set a tradition not very different from the infamous doctrine of necessity, which everyone thought has been buried forever. Lamentable, also, is the fact that the judiciary has already invoked the controversial clauses of the Constitution introduced by another dictator in a recent case against the NRO. It is sheer disappointment for the progressive sections of society who sided with the CJ for his restoration all through the months of struggle.

    This is the point to ponder for Mian Nawaz Sharif too, who has announced in his press conference on Sunday that his party will take to the streets if Justice Khwaja is elevated to the Supreme Court. Despite frequently violating the Charter of Democracy (CoD) on many counts, he keeps trumpeting about the continuation of democracy and upholding the independence of the judiciary. Advocating the appointment of a Supreme Court judge on one person’s choice rather than following the constitutional procedure of appointment by the president, Mian Nawaz Sharif is once again making himself hostage to the 1990s’ frictional politics.

    Last but not least, the people of Pakistan, who have been the ultimate casualty in every crisis induced by the interests of a few, have to think objectively. For once, we all need to refuse to play in the hands of those who are pursuing nothing but their own vested interests. Many of us might have an opinion against the policies or persons of either Mr Zardari or Mr Sharif, but we have to keep our sanity intact and let reason prevail. Justice Khwaja or no Justice Khwaja, the Constitution and the spirit of democracy should be considered supreme.

    The writer is an independent blogger and freelance columnist. She can be reached at http://www.marvisirmed.com
    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\16\story_16-2-2010_pg3_6

  • Here is a report at BBC Urdu:

    پاکستان میں اعلی عدلیہ، عموماگرائی جانے والی ہر منتخب حکومت کے خلاف فیصلے دیتی رہی لیکن نوے کی دہائی میں جب پہلی بار نواز شریف کی حکومت گرائی گئی تو چیف جسٹس نسیم حسن شاہ کی سربراہی میں سپریم کورٹ نے اسے بحال کرنے کاحکم دیدیا تھا۔

    لہذاتجزیہ نگارو ں کا کہنا ہے کہ ماضی میں عدلیہ کے فیصلوں سے کئی بار کی ڈسی ہوئی پیپلز پارٹی کی طرح مسلم لیگ نون عدلیہ کی اس طاقت سے بخوبی آگاہ ہے۔

    لاہور ہائی کورٹ کے موجودہ چیف جسٹس خواجہ محمد شریف کبھی مسلم لیگ نون میں شامل تھے اور شریف خاندان کے وکیل کی حثیت سے عدالتوں میں پیش ہوتے تھے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/02/100215_salaman_appoinments_sen.shtml

  • بحالی کی توثیق ابھی باقی ہے:گیلانی

    ذیشان ظفر
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد

    وزیراعظم سید یوسف رضا گیلانی نے کہا کہ آئین میں ججوں کی تعیناتی کا اختیار صدر کو حاصل ہے

    وزیراعظم سید یوسف رضا گیلانی نے کہا ہے کہ چیف جسٹس افتخار محمد چودھری سمیت جو جج ان کے جاری کردہ ایگزیکٹو آرڈر کے تحت بحال ہوئے ہیں اس کی پارلیمان سے توثیق کی ضرورت ہے۔

    انہوں نے کہا کہ تمام جج ان کے حکم پر بحال ہوئے اور فیصلہ رات کو بارہ بجے ہوچکا تھا، لیکن انہوں نے اعلان صبح چھ بجے اس لیے کیا کہ وہ مشاورت کر رہے تھے کہ کہیں اس میں کوئی سقم باقی نہ رہے۔

    انہوں نے کہا کہ لانگ مارچ سے جج بحال نہیں ہوئے اگر حکومت انہیں بحال نہ کرتی تو ان کی حکومت چلی جاتی لیکن پھر بھی جج بحال نہیں ہوتے۔

    وزیراعظم سید یوسف رضا گیلانی نے کہا کہ آئین میں ججوں کی تعیناتی کا اختیار صدر کو حاصل ہے اگر پارلیمان یہ اختیار چیف جسٹس کو دینا چاہتی ہے تو وہ ترمیم کرلے حکومت عمل کرے گی

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/02/100215_gilani_judges.shtml

  • Salaam
    PML N awarded ticket to brother of malik abdul qayum for NA-123. This is important seat. Now we all knows Malik Abdul Qayum role in past. Was he given wrong advices to Ex-Pres Musharaf and was forwarding information to PML N. So All wrong advices given to Musharaf by persons, like Waseem Sajjad, Malik A. Qayum, Qasuri , etc was the agent of PML N. How much cost all pakistani paid. Where is independent media, not saying anything to PML N. Where is very good investigative journalist.

    What supreme court verdict against Malik Qayum in swiss case, was all drama to use him as witness againt AAZ.

    People will never knows double or maybe tripled standard of politics of PML N.

    AAZ broke promise , ok he is not trust worthy.

    But Nawaz sharif said lie many time about his agreement of exile with musharaf. He has withdrawn his nomination paper now. It is disappointed to see that how Lahore high court was delaying election in Punjab. How can one say that these judges are impartial. Now where is the so-called media, independant media not giving coverage of this issue.

    I also asked one question to Aamir Liaquat Hussain. One can not watch your channel, because vulgarity and nudity telecast in entertainment news, vulgar adverts telecast,
    just for their revenue.

    All is game of marketing and earning. This media gaint is using current affairs,
    breaking news for their revenue. Why you do not watch impartial news channels like
    dunya news, aaj news, dawn news, sama news. Is Nasim Zehra of Dunya news, Nusarat Jawed and Talat Hussain of aaj, Mazhar abbas of Ary news are not good , respectable anchors. They are more learnerd than so called big media news channels. This channels is pakistan Fox news and CNN.

    All of us should think before watching any current affairs programme.

    In current scenerio. I myself noticed that they deliberatly, didnt invite ali ahmed kurd, asma jehangir and other neuteral person.

    We need impartial news reporting. Thats it. It is easy to do corruption in form of selling roti in Rs. 2.
    Who can do audit. But no objection. Objection is on Benazir income support is their favourite thing.

    Iam sorry if somebody hurt by my words

  • Any one surprised?

    Lahore Hight Court (judges loyalist to PML-N) pay back to their Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif:

    LHC dismisses plea challenging Nawaz electoral eligibility
    Updated at: 1756 PST, Tuesday, February 16, 2010
    LAHORE: An Election Tribunal of the Lahore High Court rejected on Tuesday a petition challenging the electoral eligibility of Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif.

    The tribunal dismissed the plea and declared Nawaz as eligible to contest election.

    The tribunal comprised of Justice Chaudhry Iftikhiar Hussain, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Nasir.

    The petitioner, Shahid Orakzai, insisted that Nawaz Sharif was defaulter and was inovlevd in horse trading and also attacking the Supreme Court. The petitioner alleged that Nawaz had tried “to buy the loyalty of seven FATA MNAs” after the general elections in 1993. staff report

    On the other hand, defense lawyer argued that Nawaz Sahrif was not involved in any attack on the apex court.

    http://www.geo.tv/2-16-2010/59413.htm
    http://www.samaa.tv/News17109-LHC_rejects_application_for_Nawaz_Sharifs_ineligibility.aspx
    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\02\17\story_17-2-2010_pg1_6

  • لاہور ہائیکورٹ کے نئے جج کون؟

    عباد الحق
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، لاہور

    چار جوڈیشل افسروں کو بھی ہائی کورٹ کا جج مقرر کیا گیا ہے

    حکومت اور عدلیہ کے درمیان حالیہ کشیدگی ختم ہونے کے بعد صدرِ پاکستان آصف علی زرداری نے لاہور ہائی کورٹ میں جن بائیس نئے ایڈیشنل ججوں کا تقرر کیا ہے ان میں وکیل رہنماؤں کے ساتھی یا جونیر اور ججوں کے رشتہ دار بھی شامل ہیں۔

    وزیراعظم یوسف رضا گیلانی کی چیف جسٹس پاکستان جسٹس افتخار محمد چودھری سے ملاقات کے بعد وزارت قانون نے لاہور ہائی کورٹ میں ججوں کی خالی اسامیاں پر کرنے کے لیے نئے ججوں کا تقرر کیا ہے جو کل انیس فروری کو اپنے عہدے کا حلف اٹھائیں گے۔

    لاہور ہائی کورٹ کے نئے ججوں میں سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کے سابق سیکرٹری شوکت عمر پیرزادہ اور پنجاب بارکونسل کے سابق چیئرمین ایگزیکٹو کمیٹی حسن رضا پاشا بھی شامل ہیں۔ شوکت عمر پیرزادہ کا تعلق پیپلز پارٹی سے ہے اور وہ عدلیہ بحالی تحریک کے دوران سپریم کورٹ بار ایسوسی ایشن کے صدر علی احمد کرد کے ساتھ بار کے سیکرٹری منتخب ہوئے تھے۔

    پنجاب بارکونسل کے جن ارکان کو لاہور ہائی کورٹ کا ایڈیشنل جج مقرر کیا گیا ہے ان میں چکوال سے حسن رضا پاشا، بہاولپور سے اعجاز احمد، جہلم سے انوارالحق اور راولپنڈی سے چودھری محمد طارق شامل ہیں۔

    نئے ججوں میں سپریم کورٹ کے ایڈہاک جج جسٹس خلیل الرحمن رمدے کی اہلیہ کے بھائی یاور علی خان بھی شامل ہیں جو سابق چیف جسٹس پاکستان جسٹس یعقوب علی خان کے بیٹے ہیں۔
    نئے ججوں میں سپریم کورٹ کے ایڈہاک جج جسٹس خلیل الرحمن رمدے کے برادرِ نسبتی یاور علی خان بھی شامل ہیں جو سابق چیف جسٹس پاکستان جسٹس یعقوب علی خان کے بیٹے ہیں جبکہ چودھری شاہد سعید، جسٹس خلیل رمدے کے بھائی اور سابق اٹارنی جنرل پاکستان چودھری محمد فاروق کے جونیئر ہیں۔نئے ججوں میں شاہد حمید ڈار، چیف جسٹس لاہورہائی کورٹ جسٹس خواجہ محمد شریف کے عزیز ہیں۔

    نئے ججوں میں وقار حسن میر جسٹس خواجہ محمد شریف کے جونیئر ہیں جبکہ میاں شاہد اقبال کی بھی وابستگی جسٹس خواجہ شریف سے ہے۔

    مامون رشید شیخ سپریم کورٹ کے سابق جج جسٹس اے آر شیخ کے بیٹے اور جانے مانے قانون دان اے کے ڈوگر کے داماد ہیں۔انور بوہر سابق ڈسٹرکٹ و سیشن جج کاظم بوہر کے بیٹے ہیں۔ مظہر اقبال سندھو پیپلز پارٹی کے رہنما اور پراسیکیواٹر جنرل پنجاب سید زاہد حسین بخاری کے جونیئر رہے ہیں ۔ فرخ عرفان خان کمپنی قوانین کے ماہر جانے جاتے ہیں اور ان کی وابستگی وکیل رہنما حامد خان گروپ سے ہے۔

    نئے ججوں میں چار جوڈیشل افسروں کو ہائی کورٹ کا جج مقرر کیا گیا ہے ان میں رؤف احمد شیخ، شیخ احمد فاروق، نسیم اختر اور سید اخلاق احمد شامل ہیں۔ان جوڈیشل افسروں میں شیخ احمد فاروق اور نسیم اختر ریٹائر ہوچکے ہیں اور پہلی مرتبہ ریٹائرد جوڈیشل افسروں کو ہائی کورٹ کا جج مقرر کیا گیا ہے۔

    دیگر ججوں میں خالد محمود ،سید مظہر علی اکبر نقوی، سردار شمیم خان اور قاسم خان شامل ہیں۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/02/100218_lahore_new_judges_zs.shtml

    LHC additional judges to take oath tomorrow
    Thursday, 18 Feb, 2010 2:19 pm

    LAHORE : Twenty-two additional judges of Lahore High Court (LHC) will take oath tomorrow (Friday), Aaj News reported.

    Additional judges of Lahore High Court include Advocate Mian Shahid Iqbal, Advocate M. Farrukh Irfan Khan, Advocate Mamoon Rashid Shaikh, Advocate Shaukat Umar Pirzada, Advocate Waqar Hassan Mir, Advocate Yawar Ali Khan, Advocate Mr. Muhammad Khalid Mahmood, Advocate Ch. Shahid Saeed, Advocate M. Anwar Bhour, Advocate Ijaz Ahmad, Advocate Sardar Muhammad Shamim Khan, Advocate Hassan Raza Pasha, Advocate Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Advocate Muhammad Anwaarul Haq, Advocate Muhammad Qasim Khan, Advocate Shahid Hameed Dar, Advocate Ch. Muhammad Tariq, Advocate Mazhar Iqbal Sidhu, Mr. Rauf Ahmad Shaikh, Shaikh Ahmad Farooq, Mr. Muhammad Naseem Akhtar and Syed Akhlaq Ahmad.

    The oath taking ceremony of new judges will be held tomorrow. The number of LHC judges has reached to 44 whereas 16 posts are still vacant.

    http://www.aaj.tv/news/National/159141_detail.html