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Saturday, April 16, 2011

NJC meeting adjourned till April 23 due to absence of law minister

ISLAMABAD, April 16 : The National Judicial Commission (NJC) on Saturday deferred a proposal for appointment of new judges and regularisation of ad-hoc judges till April 23 owing to absence of newly appointed Law Minister Maula Bukhsh Chandio.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry headed the commission's meeting held at Supreme Court building for regularisation of 17 ad-hoc judges of the Lahore High Court and four Balochistan High Court judge as well as for appointment of one Supreme Court judge and more additional judges.

Although, Maula Bukhsh made an informal participation in the meeting, but he left early as he was yet to be sworn in as law minister.

The commission was due to give its decision regarding appointment of new judges and confirmation of ad-hoc judges. According to information, the agenda will be taken up again on April 23.

Under the law, any decision taken by the commission in the absence of any of its members will stand ineffective

Balochistan High Court chief justice Qazi Faiz Essa, provincial Law Minister Perveen Magsi, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, Attorney General of Pakistan Justice (Retd) Maulvi Anwarul Haq, four Supreme Court senior judges Justice Javed Iqbal,Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Nasirul Mulk and Justice Tassaduq Hassan Jillani as well as a retired Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed and Pakistan
Bar Council member Dr Khalid Ranjha attended the meeting.

Designated Law Minister Maula Bakhsh Chandio was not allowed to attend the meeting of national judicial commission without taking oath as law Minister.

Maula Bakhsh Chandio, who was nominated as the law minister after the resignation of Babar Awan, went to the Supreme Court to attend the Judicial Commission meeting without taking oath of the office. He was told that he could not attend the meeting unless he takes oath.

Chandio told the media that he came to attend the Judicial Commission meeting but was sent back for taking oath. He said that after taking oath of law minister he would return to attend the meeting.

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