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Top court approval needed to set up new high court in Pakistan

Internews Report

ISLAMABAD: For the establishment of the proposed Islamabad High Court, an extraordinary meeting of the Judicial Commission under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry will be required in which all the four chief justices of high courts would join to establish the new court for the federal capital.

Parliamentary sources said here Monday that the Constitutional Reforms Committee of the Parliament had proposed a mechanism wherein an extra-ordinary meeting of the Judicial Commission would be held under the chair of chief justice of Pakistan and besides the members of the Judicial Commission all the four chief justices of high courts would also participate to install high court for Islamabad for the first time.

Once the Federal High Court was established then the procedure of appointment of its judges and chief justice would be the same, as the rest of the high courts in the country.

After assent of President of Pakistan to the 18th Constitutional Amendment, approved by both the houses of the Parliament it would become the part of the Constitution and it would become obligatory on the Judicial Commission to establish the Federal High Court at the earliest.

The sources said that the chief justice of Pakistan would be calling the meeting of the Judicial Commission to establish the Federal High Court to meet the longstanding demand of the people of the federal capital.

The sources, however, were not aware of the strength of the Federal High Court and its composition but the defunct Federal High Court, which was struck down by the Supreme Court of Pakistan along with the other orders of the former President Pervez Musharraf, had a strength of nine and it was most likely that the same strength would be maintained for the future Federal High Court.

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