May 12, 2022


A Joint meeting of representatives of Pakistan & Provincial/Islamabad Bar Councils, to Judicial Commission of Pakistan and President, Supreme Court Bar Association, was held today at 12:30 p.m., in Council’s Office, Supreme Court Building, Islamabad, with Mr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Chaudhry, Vice-Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council in the Chair.

2. The attendance of the meeting was as under:-

(1) Mr. Hafeez-ur-Rehman Chaudhry, In Chair
Pakistan Bar Council.

(2) Mr. Muhammad Ahsan Bhoon,
Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan,

(3) Mr. Akhtar Hussain,
Member, Judicial Commission of Pakistan,
Pakistan Bar Council.

(4) Ch. Ghulam Sarwar Nehang,
Member, Judicial Commission of Pakistan,
Punjab Bar Council.

(5) Syed Haider Imam Rizvi,
Member, Judicial Commission of Pakistan,
Sindh Bar Council,
(Via audio link),

(6) Mr. Ahmed Farooq Khattak,
Member, Judicial Commission of Pakistan,
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Bar Council.

(7) Qazi Rafee-ud-Din Babar,
Member, Judicial Commission of Pakistan,
Islamabad Bar Council.

3. The meeting considered the matter of “elevation of Judges to Superior Courts” and amendments in “Judicial Commission of Pakistan Rules, 2010” and took the following decision unanimously;-

(i) The Rules Committee of Judicial Commission of Pakistan should be re-constituted without delay and it should carry out appropriate amendments in the Rules laying down the criteria for appointments of Judges in Superior Courts within two months.

(ii) No fresh elevation should be made in Superior Courts till amendment of Rules of Judicial Commission of Pakistan.

(iii) The process of confirmation of 13 Additional Judges of the Lahore High Court should be completed within 2 months.

(iv) The status of the Chief Justice of Sindh High Court, should be determined without further delay as the Notification dated
16-08-2021, for his appointment as an Adhoc Judge of the Hon’ble Supreme Court is still prevailing.

(Gulzar Ahmed)
Acting Secretary