Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial on Friday made the audio recording of the Judicial Commission meeting public after the letters of Justice Qazi Faiz Isa and Justice Sardar Tariq Masood.
Audio Recording of JCP meeting on its website Supreme Court
The version issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (“SCP”) under the instructions of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman, Judicial Commission of Pakistan (“JCP”) has been disputed by two Hon’ble Judges of the SCP, namely, Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Mr. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood.
A resulting controversy has therefore arisen in the print and electronic media. In these exceptional circumstances, the Hon’ble Chairman JCP has been pleased to relax the restriction under Rule 5(4) of the JCP Rules, 2010 and has directed for the audio recording of the JCP proceedings of 28.07.2022 to be made available on the official website of the SCP. The audio recording from time slot 1:29:45 to 1:38:08 contains the statement by the worthy Attorney General for Pakistan that the matters under discussion should be deferred to frame the appropriate rules.
He did not assess or reject the merits of any of the High Court Judges proposed for appointment to the SCP. As a result, 5 members of the JCP supported the deferment of the meeting as reported in the Press Note of 28.07.2022.