Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, the acting Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court, has received a unanimous nod for his nomination to the Supreme Court judge from the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP).
The decision came during a crucial JCP session, significantly marking the first under the stewardship of the new Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa.
During the deliberations, Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa praised Justice Irfan Saadat Khan for his expertise, experience, versatility, and integrity, acknowledging his standing as the most senior among chief justices and judges across all high courts. These sterling qualities formed the bedrock of the unanimous approval by JCP members, an endorsement that also received written concurrence from the Law Minister, currently overseas. The commission’s nomination, a critical step in the judicial hierarchy, now moves for scrutiny before the Parliamentary Committee.
Revisiting the Criteria for High Court Judges’ Appointment
Another critical point of discussion during the meeting was the reassessment of the criteria for appointing high court judges. To enhance the judicial process, the Chief Justice of Pakistan had earlier contacted JCP members for their insights. The members received copies of the suggestions, indicating a collective approach towards refining the benchmarks for judicial appointments. However, they requested additional time for thorough consideration.
The commission, valuing comprehensive analysis and inclusive decision-making, agreed to extend the deadline for suggestions to October 27. These contributions will play a significant role in the forthcoming JCP meeting, underlining the commission’s commitment to fortifying the pillars of justice through a meticulous appointment process.
The session bore additional significance, marking Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s inaugural meeting since his commencement as the country’s top jurist. This new chapter is anticipated to carry forward the legacy of judicial excellence and integrity, which characterized the illustrious tenure of Justice Shaikh, who dedicated over six years to the role of SHC chief justice. His journey, from being elevated as an SHC judge in September 2009 to assuming the chief justice mantle in March 2017, reflects the enduring commitment to justice synonymous with Pakistan’s judicial leadership.