Govt has no role in appointment of Justice Saqib Nisar as CJ: Khawaja Asif

Haider Ali 11:53 AM | 2 Jan, 2017
Govt has no role in appointment of Justice Saqib Nisar as CJ: Khawaja Asif
ISLAMABAD - Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Sunday that the government had nothing to do with the appointment of Justice Saqib Nisar as Chief Justice of Pakistan.

He clarified that the appointment of Saqib Nisar was made purely in accordance with the constitutional mandate and command.

Khawaja Asif, who is also Minister for Defence, said Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was promoted to the position of the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) strictly on merit and in accordance with Article 175A (3) of the Constitution, according to which the senior-most judge should be appointed as the CJP.

"A smear campaign is rampant on social media designed specifically to undermine certain offices whose sanctity is sine qua non (pivotal) for the independent functioning of the justice system of the country," he said.

The minister said after the decisions in the Al-Jehad Trust and Sajjad Ali Shah cases and the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, only the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court could be appointed as its chief justice.

Justice Saqib Nisar, he said, being the senior most judge could have been appointed as the chief justice, which was the constitutional mandate.

"The appointment of anybody else would have been a violation of the constitution," he added.

The legislator said Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was indeed the law secretary but appointed as the first non-judge after Sir Edmund Nelson for three reasons:

1. The Al Jehad decision appeared to suggest that judges should not be appointed to such positions.

2. Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah made it clear that no judge would be made available for this post.

3. Khalid Anwar, a lawyer of great eminence, was the Law Minister and Saqib Nisar was his choice as the law secretary.

"The appointment of Saqib Nisar as an additional judge of the Lahore High Court was made on the recommendation of (then) Chief Justice of the LHC and in consultation with then Chief Justice of Pakistan Ajmal Mian," Khawaja Asif said.

Haider Ali

The writer is a civil servant.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390


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