JCP confirms two additional judges of IHC

Zubair Qureshi

The Judicial Commission of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed on Tuesday confirmed two additional judges of the Islamabad High Court Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri and Justice Babar Sattar as permanent judges.

Justice Tariq Jahangiri and Justice Babar Sattar were appointed as additional judges of the IHC last year in December for a period of one year.

meeting of the JCP — which comprises besides the chief justice of Pakistan senior most judges of the Supreme Court, chief justice and senior most judge of the Islamabad High Court, law minister, attorney general, members of the Pakistan Bar Council and Islamabad Bar Council — was held in the Supreme Court building under Article 175-A of the Constitution.

According to the sources, the meeting reviewed the one-year performance of the two judges and went through some of their judgments and found them quite up to the mark and as per the law and the constitution of Pakistan.

They have been confirmed seeing their performance last year, a member of the JCP requesting not to be quoted said while talking to Pakistan Observer after the meeting.

Both the judge are the choice of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah for the coveted posts and their confirmation has been welcomed by the lawyers of the twin cities who were earlier demanding that the judges of the IHC should be the practising lawyers of the Islamabad Bars and residents of the federal capital.

About Babar Sattar and Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, the lawyers’ community expressed positive comments.

With their elevation to the IHC, quality of judicial dispensation, particularly in writing of judgments, would improve, which we have seen in the past one year also, said a senior lawyer requesting not to be named.

With their confirmation currently, there are six confirmed judges — Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Senior Puisne Judge Aamer Farooq, Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri and Justice Babar Sattar— at the IHC.

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