JCP Rejects Elevation Of CJP Bandial’s Five Nominees To Supreme Court

JCP Rejects Elevation Of CJP Bandial’s Five Nominees To Supreme Court
The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) has rejected the elevation of five judges, nominated by Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, to the Supreme Court.

The CJP presided over a session of the JCP today, where a total of five judges, two from the Sindh High Court and three from the Lahore High Court (LHC), were considered.

According to a report, the CJP, Justice Aijazul Ahsan, and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah voted in favour of all the nominees, while Justice (r) Sarmad Jalal Usmani voted in favour of three judges from LHC and voted against the SHC nominees.

However, Justice Qazi Faez Isa, Justice Tariq Masood, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali, and Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar voted against all the five nominees.

Justice Isa attended the session from Spain and Ashtar participated from the United States via video link.

Upon receiving five votes against the nominees, the CJP ended the session without reaching a decision.

The JCP comprises four senior-most judges of the top court, a former judge, the federal law minister, the attorney general for Pakistan and a senior advocate nominated by the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC).

According to Article 175-A of the Constitution, the JCP, after confirmation, will propose the names to the parliamentary committees for the appointment of judges in the superior courts.