ISLAMABAD: Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Saturday wrote a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial on the matter of appointment of judges in the Supreme Court.
In his letter Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court said that members of the Judicial Commission, including the Pakistan Bar and the Supreme Court Bar, had repeatedly demanded amendments to the rules. Seniority, merit and qualification have to be considered in the appointment of judges, but in the Supreme Court, a junior judge has been appointed in place of the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court.
He said that former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar had appointed junior judges saying that senior judges were reluctant to take the charge, however, Chief Justice of the High Court and senior judges refuted these claims.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa further said that former Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed also ignored Chief Justice Sindh High Court and senior judges. I am also sending a copy of the letter to both the former Chief Justices, he added.
He also mentioned that as a member of the Judicial Commission, the opinion of former judge Justice Maqbool Baqar was also ignored.
Justice Qazi Faez said that the committee set up to amend the Judicial Commission Rules has not given any opinion till date, adding that the Judicial Commission meeting should not be in-camera and the public should be aware of the meeting for appointment of judges.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa, while objecting to the appointment of Registrar Supreme Court Jawad Paul as Secretary Judicial Commission, said that the Registrar Supreme Court is a government employee who was appointed from the Prime Minister’s House. He immediately fixed the cases of former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his party. The cases filed against Imran Khan or PTI were not deliberately fixed.