July 05, 2021
Statement of Mr. Khush Dil Khan,
Vice-Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council.
“I appreciate the move for elevation of Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court to the Supreme Court of Pakistan being the senior most and well deserving to be elevated in all respects. It is for the first time in the Country’s Judicial history that a Baloch Judge from Balochistan is being elevated to the apex Court of Pakistan.
However, I have my serious reservations and concerns that Hon’ble Judge of Sindh High Court at No. 05 in seniority is also being elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan against another vacant seat while ignoring the first four senior most Hon’ble Judges of the Sindh High Court. That although seniority is not the only criteria for elevation to the Supreme Court, the aspect of competency, uprightness, integrity, performance and ability are also having to be kept in mind while elevating the Hon’ble Judge of respective High Courts. Now the question arises whether all the four senior Hon’ble Judges of Sindh High Court lack the above said criteria to be elevated to the apex Court of Pakistan. The aforementioned elevation of Hon’ble Judge from serial No. 05 is not only against the spirit of the Judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan passed in the Al-Jehad Trust case but also against the expectancy of the senior most Judge of Sindh High Court and it will demoralize the senior Judges of the High Courts.”