Opp-sponsored 19th Amendment Bill: ‘Senate committee yet to announce date for meeting’
ISLAMABAD: Mian Raza Rabbani said on Sunday that the senate standing committee on law and justice had not announced a date for its meeting regarding the 19th constitutional amendment bill, brought forward by the opposition in the last session of the senate.
A Judicial Commission (JC) should be formed to replace the Supreme Judicial council (SJC) to improve the performance of the department, he said in a press statement at the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) media centre.
He said it was proposed in the bill that the chief justice of Pakistan would be the chairman of the JC and that chief justices of the provincial courts, senior judges of Supreme Court (SC), president of the SC Bar Association and four members of the parliament would be members of the judicial council.
The opposition leader said the SJC had not performed well and it had heard only two references since 1973. The public had lost its confidence in the judiciary because of its poor performance, he added.
He said it was also proposed in the bill that judges should not take oath under the Provisional Constitution Order and that the transfer of judges between provinces should be stopped. Mr Rabbani said that more than 20 seats for judges were still to be occupied in the Punjab and Sindh High Courts. It was also proposed that chief justices of provincial courts should only be in office for a year. staff report