SC forms larger bench to hear reference over appointment of superior courts’ judges

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday constituted a five- member larger bench to hear on December 10 a presidential reference filed under Article 186 of the Constitution seeking Supreme Court’s advice on the issue of appointment of superior courts’ judges.

The bench comprises Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Tariq Parvez, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed. In the reference, President Asif Ali Zardari has desired to seek the apex court’s opinion on the questions of law, considered by him to be of public importance, in respect of appointment of the Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts in view of the 18th and 19th Constitutional Amendments.