ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Bar Council on Tuesday demanded that Judicial Commission (JCP) should stop appointment process of superior courts judges till the retirement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Syed Qalb-I-Hassan, Vice Chairman PBC, said that the legal fraternity has noted with concern that concerned quarters are contemplating to undertake the process of further appointment of judges of High Courts and in that pursuit the Judicial Commission of Pakistan may complete and finalize the process within couple of weeks.

He said that the propriety and appropriateness demands that the matter of further appointments of judges to superior courts should not be undertaken by the JCP with its present composition in view of fast approaching retirement of the present Chief Justice of Pakistan, who is also the chairman of the Commission, on 11th December 2013.

He said that in view of reservations constantly expressed by the legal fraternity on appointments of judges by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan in past, it is desirable that the matter of further appointments of judges of High Courts should be taken in hand and dealt with by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan to be headed by the new Chief Justice of Pakistan.

He said the Pakistan Bar Council particularly and Members of the Bar generally are perturbed because of inaction of Judicial Commission of Pakistan in respect of amendments in the Judicial Commission of Pakistan Rules, 2010 proposed by the Pakistan Bar Council way back in March, 2013 but ins pite of laps of eight months the proposed amendments in the Rules, have not been carried, although number of meetings of the Judicial Commission were held since then.

SC informed LG polls to be held under law:  The Supreme Court was informed that the Local Government elections in the Cantonment Boards would be held in accordance with the existing law of the Cantonment.

Presently, the Cantonments' Ordinance 2002 holds the field for LG polls in the Cantonments, as the federal government has failed to pass the Cantonment (Amendment) Ordinance, 2013.

Additional Attorney General Shah Khawar on Tuesday informed a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, that the federal government was going to adopt option No. 1 out of three options, given by the Court to the federation.

He said: "Some progress has been made and need time be given to place on record the order." The chief justice upon his request adjourned the hearing till today.

Hearing the Local Bodies case on November 5, the bench had granted seven days to decide about holding LG polls out of three options. It's the first option states: "Without any further delay, under the existing laws on the subject, command of the Constitution under Articles 17, 32 and 140A to be fulfilled immediately and as the other Provinces have already expressed their readiness to hold the elections, therefore, the polls must be held either on 27th November, 2013 or on 7th December, 2013 as these two dates have been agreed by the Provinces of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab respectively."

It would be an ideal situation and will earn an appreciation for the general masses as they have to be empowered under Article 140A as per its command establishing a Local Government system would devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of the local governments and no discrimination to the electors who are residing in the Cantonment Boards shall be permissible qua the electors who are residing in the non-Cantonment Boards where local bodies elections are likely to be held.