In a u-turn, Pakistan Government on Wednesday decided to accept Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry's recommendations for judicial postings, to avert a possible showdown with the Supreme Court, which had struck down the appointment of two judges.
Following a meeting between Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chaudhry, the government said a fresh notification would be issued tonight for the appointment of three judges in keeping with the recommendations of the Chief Justice.
Gilani told reporters after the meeting that the new order would be "in supersession of an earlier notification" issued last week by President Asif Ali Zardari.
The government also agreed to fill dozens of vacant slots in the High Courts in Punjab and Sindh provinces.
The Supreme Court last week struck down two judicial appointments made by Zardari that went against the Chief Justice's recommendations.
The move sparked fears of a possible showdown between the executive and judiciary that could destabilise the Pakistan People's Party-led government.
A delay in filling vacant slots in the High Courts in line with recommendations made by the Chief Justice had also caused friction between the Supreme Court and the government.
Gilani described his unprecedented meeting with the Chief Justice as part of a consultative process aimed at evolving consensus on judicial appointments "according to constitutional requirements".