The Minister of Justice of Pakistan, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, expressed regret over the ongoing controversy over the procedural matter of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP). According to a letter released by the AGP office last night, he said that all senior judicial appointments should be made worthy.
The letter stated that at the aforementioned JCP meeting, the AGP fully supported the view expressed by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, who opposed the five proposed nominations to be elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan by Chief Justice Sardar Tariq Masood. Pakistani court. , Justice Umar Ata Bandial.
AGP declined to comment on the nominees’ achievements, the letter read. However, he stressed the need to remember the merits in the next meeting.
The main contents of the AGP letter to the JCP are:
I am dismayed by the controversy emanating from the recent proceedings of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (“Judicial Commission”). My consistent position has been that appointments to high judicial office must be premised on merit, and in light of Articles 175 and 177 of the Constitution of Pakistan: it is thus imperative that the requisite criteria be structured for such appointments. This will ensure not only that elevations are made in the public interest, but also that the members of the Judicial Commission may confirm appointments in an atmosphere of collaboration and mutual goodwill.
I had put the same recommendation to the worthy Members during the Judicial Commission’s proceedings of July 28, 2022. While appreciating the hard work put in by Honourable Justice Mr Sardar Tariq Masood and endorsing his stance, I categorically stated that I agree with him. For good reason, I refrain from commenting on individual candidate’s achievements.
However, I have observed and affirm that the Honorable Chief Justice of the High Court of Islamabad is excellently qualified to be considered for elevation to the High Court, and such elevation in any case must also be taken according to existing holidays, neither more nor less.
As I said, the rejection or confirmation of candidates must be governed by the guidelines. These rules must be established in advance, and the data of any new applicants must be carefully evaluated for appropriateness. It is for this particular reason that I have proposed adjourning the meeting until these criteria have been adopted.
Hopefully these same obvious reasons will no longer be misinterpreted.
I would also dismiss if I did not mention that any appointment to the Supreme Court of Pakistan is a sacred mission entrusted to the members of the Judiciary Committee. To exercise this trust, members must allow each other to express their opinions fully and unhindered. The conclusion of the meeting prevented Judge Emeritus and Puisne Senior Judge Qazi Faez Isa from completing his remarks, from which we all continue to benefit.
By concluding, I am forced to observe that the work of the Judiciary Committee can no longer be marked by such words. We find ourselves in these rather fleeting offices as trustees: our duty is to the republic we serve, not the labor of our experiences. our personal. To ensure the distribution of justice, it is essential that the most prominent jurists be elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in August, in a way that is rooted in merit and due process.