Ahmed Sheikh notified as ad hoc Judge of Supreme Court

-Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar takes oath as the SC Judge

By Ali Imran

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Law and Justice on Monday notified Chief Justice Sindh High Court (SHC) Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh as ad hoc judge of the SC.
The appointment has been made after the approval of President Arif Alvi on the recommendation forwarded by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan. Justice Ahmed Ali Shaikh will serve as SC judge on an ad hoc basis for a year. It is to be worth mentioned here that Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh, last week, had refused to take oath as an ad hoc judge.
In a letter penned to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed, the SHC chief justice HAD said that had learnt about the Judicial Commission of Pakistan’s (JCP) decision for which he was humbled, but his answer would remain the same as he had stated earlier. The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) had summoned Chief Justice SHC Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh to take oath as an Ad hoc judge of the apex court, but he had denied it. The JCP at a meeting on Tuesday, presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed, had decided by a majority of five to four that the SHC chief justice would be invited to become an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court for a period of one year provided he accorded his consent.
Meanwhile, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar has taken oath as the judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan after being elevated from the Sindh High Court (SHC). Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed administered oath to Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar. After the induction of the judge from the SHC, the number of judges at the Supreme Court has reached its maximum capacity of 17.