Article: 217 Acting Commissioner

217.Acting Commissioner.—At any time when,—

(a)  the office of Commissioner is vacant, or

(b)  the Commissioner is absent or is unable to perform the functions of his office due to any other cause,

1[the most senior member in age of the members of Commission] shall act as Commissioner.




1. Section 7 of the Constitution (Twenty-second Amendment) Act, 2016, (XXV of 2016), substituted the said words, in place of the words “a Judge of the Supreme Court nominated by the Chief Justice of Pakistan” in Art. 217, (w.e.f. June 9, 2016).


Comparative Table of Article 217 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973:
Constitution of Pakistan 1962 :
Constitution of Pakistan 1956 :
Constitution of India 1950:

Government of India Act 1935:


Leading & Latest Cases on Article 217 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973 :


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