PM for seeking SC advice on judges appointment

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has directed the Law Minister Farooq H.Naek to prepare a reference for seeking Supreme Court’s advice on judges appointment to settle all issues in a transparent manner as per letter and spirit of the Constitution.

Law Minister Monday discussed with the Prime Minister, the forthcoming reference being filed by the President before the Supreme Court and sought his opinion on the appointment of Judges in the superior courts.Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Farooq H. Naek duringthe meeting discussed in detail with Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf the questions to be posed to the Supreme Court for its opinion,said a press release issued from PM House.

The Prime Minister said the government has always abided by the Constitution and has taken recourse to constitutional remedies whenever an issue has arisen, where one of the organs of the state or a point of law was under question.Appreciating the advice given by the Law Minister for filing of a referencein the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister said that it will not only further improve relationship with the judiciary but also bring clarity to the process of appointing judges as well as reaffirm the government’s policy that all institutions should work in harmony and in consultation with each other without interfering in each other affairs.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the filing of reference willenhance respect of state’s institutions in the eyes of common man which will strengthen democracy and state’s institutions in the country.The government intends to file a reference to obtain the advice of the Supreme Court under Article 186 of the Constitution, inter alia, with regard to the appointment of Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court as well as the confirmation of the judges of Islamabad High Court. – APP