Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed chaired the JCP assembly throughout which Justice Malik’s elevation was authorized by a majority of 5 votes towards 4.
That is the second time that the JCP held a gathering to determine on Justice Malik’s elevation. A scarcity of consensus throughout an prolonged assembly of the JCP on Sept 9 final 12 months had compelled the fee to reject her elevation.
Throughout that assembly, 4 members of the eight-member JCP had opposed the proposal to raise Justice Malik – the fourth most senior choose of the LHC – whereas an equal quantity had supported it.
On the time, the Supreme Courtroom Bar Affiliation President Abdul Latif Afridi had known as a national protest to precise anger over, what the authorized fraternity perceived, disregard to the seniority precept within the appointment of judges to the apex courtroom.
The identical criticism was levelled this time as effectively, with the authorized fraternity calling on the chief justice to postpone Thursday’s JCP assembly. In case the assembly was not known as off, the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and all bar associations mentioned they’d boycott all courtroom proceedings, from the superior judiciary to the decrease courts.