*KARACHI:* Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Shaikh has recommended names of six people to be deliberated for appointment as the high court’s additional judge, in the forthcoming session of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP).
A meeting has been summoned in this regard by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, on January 18.
Two district and sessions judge Ishrat Ali Shah and Kausar Sultana Hussain, and four lawyers Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry, Amjid Ali Sahito, Agha Faisal and Shamsuddin Abbasi are going to be considered for appointment as additional judges. Presently, 33 judges are working in the SHC while its total strength is 40.
A four-member committee led by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan will gauge the credentials of each nominee with a final proposal being sent to the commission to consider their elevation in the bench.
LHC’s senior judge Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali will take over as new chief justice of the LHC, at the proposal of the chief justice.
The JCP will also examine the case related to the elevation of Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah to the Supreme Court.
Justice Shah was appointed as LHC judge on September 15, 2009, and was appointed as its chief justice in June 2015. He was responsible for introducing reforms for improving the justice system in Punjab and the regulation of bar associations of the province.
If Justice Shah gets promoted he will work as SC judge until November 2027.
According to the seniority list, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will be the next chief justice of Pakistan. After his retirement, Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Qazi Faez Isa will serve as the CJP respectively.