*Amendment brings changes in mechanism for appointment of judges in superior courts in light of proposals forwarded to parliament by SC

The National Assembly on Wednesday passed the 19th Constitution Amendment Bill 2010 with a majority of 258 lawmakers out of a total 342 members of the House, with only one member voting against it.

Elaborating the amendments in various articles of the constitution, particularly regarding the appointment of judges, constitutional reforms committee chief Raza Rabbani said that apex court, in its order, had made a reference to parliament for reconsideration of the provisions of Articles 175A in the light of the observations made in the said order.

He said the committee went in the Supreme Court’s order in detail on a number of occasions and each reservation of the apex court was reconsidered.

“The committee completed its task to amend some clauses, including 175 A, in light of the Supreme Court order in record time, which shows sagacity and far-sightedness of parliamentarians,” he said, adding that it was wrongly reported in some section of the press that the chief justice’s power regarding appointment of ad hoc changes had been curtailed. “By making amendment in Article 182, the judicial commission of Pakistan has been given a role in the appointment of ad hoc judges. Now the CJ will recommend the name of ad hoc judges to the president through the prime minister in consultation with the judicial commission,” he said. He said the committee had also amended Clause 2 of Article 175-A and now under the 19th Amendment, four senior-most judges would be appointed in the commission instead of two.

Daily Times