Some individuals within govt advocating for CJ’s extension: Kaira

LALA MUSA: Pakistan People’s Party figurehead Qamar Zaman Kaira has claimed that there are voices within the corridors of power pushing for a term extension for the country’s top judge.

While appearing on a television broadcast, Qamar Zaman Kaira pointed out that there are hints of support from certain government factions for prolonging the Chief Justice’s service period. He warned of the necessity to tread mindfully in making any decisions concerning the extension of the Chief Justice’s office.

“One must deliberate judiciously on whether to lengthen Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s service tenure. This conversation about increasing the service limits for Supreme Court justices to 68 years, and 65 for high court judges has a history of being brought up by several cabinet ministers,” remarked Kaira.

Kaira also observed that there’s a shared view within the legal community about setting the age bar for high court judges at 65, advocating fair prospects across the board. Nonetheless, he acknowledged that no formal debate or legislative action on the matter has occurred. He deemed it premature to voice the Pakistan People’s

Party’s stance concerning the extension of the Chief Justice’s term, citing the topic’s absence from current discourse.

Previously, on a private media channel, Law Minister Nazeer Tarar expressed that proposals pertaining to the Chief Justice’s term were on the table, though he refrained from dismissing them entirely.

The Prime Minister has called for constitutional amendments relevant to judicial appointments, but to date, Tarar noted he had not been presented with specific instructions in his role as the Law Minister.

In March 2024, speculation arose about a potential three-year extension for the incumbent Chief Justice of Pakistan, Qazi Faez Isa. Such rumors were squelched by Information Minister Ataullah Tarar, who clarified that no extension proposals were up for consideration and no related documents had been tabled.

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