executive may react and reduce the judiciary's weight in the matter of appointment of judges cannot be ignored. Such an outcome is indeed possible by modifying the interpretation of the word "consultation." Currently, the court interprets a "consultation" to be an exchange which must be "effective, meaningful, purposive, consensus-oriented, leaving no room for complaint of arbitrariness or unfair play." Furthermore, under the current understanding, "the opinion of the chief justice of Pakistan and the chief justice of a high court as to the fitness and suitability of a candidate for judgeship is entitled to be accepted in the absence of very sound reasons to be recorded by the president." A "consultation" could easily be redefined to mean the ascertainment of the views of the chief justices concerned as to the fitness or suitability of a candidate for judgeship. Such a prospect, however, at present seems remote because the judiciary today is riding on the crest of popular acclaim and appears well set to succeed in its quest for the independencene needed to fulfill its mission as a "bastion of justice" for the common man.
|(a) with the chief justice of Pakistan;|
|(b) with the governor concerned; and|
|(c) except where the appointment is that of chief justice, with the chief justice of the high court.|
|"(2) The court shall consist of not more than eight Muslim judges, including the|