LAHORE-Induction of as many as 18 new judges in the Lahore High Court is likely to take place within next week. As per reliable sources, the names of 13 advocates and five judicial officers have been approved after consultation with the relevant quarters by the provincial judiciary for their appointment as judges to LHC where only 21 judges are in the working strength at present against the recommended number of 60. The sources concerned say the names approved on the judicial side have now been sent to the executive side for putting them forward to the President for final approval and a notification in this regard, is expected within next week. According to the sources, the names of advocates recommended for judges include Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Syed Ehtasham Qadir, Sheikh Najamul Hassan, Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Asad Munir, Ijazul Ahsan, Hafiz Abdul Rehman Ansari, Ch Muhammad Ali, Shahid Hussain Zaheer Syed, Tariq Javed, Muhammad Yawar Ali, Naseerud Din Nayyar and Syed Naveed Amjad Andrabi. On the judicial side, the District and Sessions judges approved for elevation to the LHC include Syed Nadeem Saqlain, Rana Zahid Mahmood, Rauf Ahmad Sheikh, Mansoor Akbar Kokab and Sheikh Ahmad Farooq. Meanwhile, confirmation of LHC judges Syed Ehtesham Qadir, and Rana Zahid Mahmood, removed from office in the light of the July 31 verdict of the 14-member bench on account of their appointment being recommended by the then Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar is awaited. Hafiz Abdul Rahman Ansari is a well known lawyer of the country who had also held the office of Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council, Vice Chairman Punjab Bar Council and President Lahore High Court Bar Association. At present he is member Pakistan Bar Council. Syed Mansoor Ali Shah is well known in the community as very good lawyer on corporate and civil side. He has also earned name for human rights activities. Manzoor Ahmad Malik is very competent lawyer on criminal side while Asad Munir is the former Deputy Attorney General who had resigned the office as a mark of protest against the March 9, 2007 conduct of former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf towards Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. His professional competence is beyond doubt. Ch Muhammad Ali is also a good lawyer on the civil side while Tariq Javed is an advocate of high professional caliber who also commands good respect in the community. Rauf Ahmad Sheikh has served as Registrar and MIT Lahore while Sheikh Ahmad Farooq is the former Provincial Secretary Law. All the said names stand high for their integrity and professional acumen.