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Won't allow Sharif nominee to be Supreme Appellate Court judge: lawyers in Pakistan's Gilgit region

ANI  |  Gilgit [Pakistan] 

Supreme Appellate Bar Association and the High Bar Association of Gilgit-Baltistan lawyers have said they will go on strike if the elevates a lawyer from Mansehra who has the backing of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz and his son-in-Captain Safdar to the vacant seat of judge in the Supreme Appellate

Demanding that a competent lawyer from the bar be elevated to the post, Supreme Appellate Court Bar Association President Ahsaan Ali Advocate, Senior Vice President Javed Iqbal and High Court Bar President Asadullah told media at the Gilgit Press Club here that attempts were on to elevate a lawyer from Mansehra and resolved that no such attempts would be allowed to succeed.

The local legal fraternity also expressed apprehension about the inclusion of Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Justice Shahab Khan's name in the summary which was against the Good Governance Ordinance.

The lawyers' representatives said that hundreds of cases were pending in chief judge's court and added that his elevation would bring court proceedings to a standstill.

According to Article 175A of The Constitution of Pakistan, the appointment of judges to in higher judiciary should be done on merit and the Supreme Judicial Council, comprising of the Chief Justice, senior justices and member of Bar Council finalises the nomination of judges.

However, in Gilgit-Baltistan, the retains the power to elevate and appoint judges in Supreme Appellate Court, Gilgit-Baltistan.

The lawyers of Gilgit-Baltistan warned that failure on the government's part would lead to province wide protests and the whole responsibility would lie with the

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First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 10:22 IST