Ali Muhammad Khan, PTI MNA, recently revised a few rules for the appointment of judges. He made a few changes and finally concluded that all the judges would be interviews by the parliamentary committee before their appointment.
According to the revised rules, new judges would be randomly summoned by the parliamentary committee for the interview. The candidate would be rejected for the nomination in case they fail to appear for the interview.
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In the amended rule book, the process regarding the rejected candidates has also been introduced. A subcommittee will be formed by the parliament, and in case a candidate still fails to show up in three back to back sessions, their membership would be canceled.
The committee would get a new chairperson on December 4th (in the next session), and he’ll remain there for the next six months.
Syed Ali Zafar, former President of (SCBA) Supreme Court Bar Association, said that he finds nothing wrong in the plan of the parliamentary committee to oversight the appointments of the judges.
He additionally said, “I think the parliamentary committee has decided to scrutinize the judicial appointments, which is now a norm worldwide. Parliamentary oversight and interviews are a tradition in the US, and now it’s the right of the parliament if they are opting for it. In my view, there is nothing wrong with the decision of the parliamentary committee.”
On the contrary, Kamran Murtaza, another former president of SCBA, didn’t approve the oversight plan of the parliamentary committee and said it is an issue that needs to be addressed by professionals only.
He mentioned, “Judiciary is a profession par excellence, and a judge of the superior court has to be interviewed by people who have technical knowledge about the profession. Parliamentarians may be very knowledgeable, but they may not have technical knowledge of the law. So I think that parliamentary oversight may not be a good idea.”
Other than that, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, Nawaz Sharif’s legal advisor, also gave his two cents on this new idea. He said that he is okay with the amended law and he thinks there’s no harm in implementing it.
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