Mr. Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan was born on August-5, 1960 in Murree. He received his early education at Lahore. He was admitted to Forman Christian College, Lahore in 1975 from where he graduated in 1979 with a scholarship of merit.
His Lordship joined the Punjab University Law College, Lahore where he won various awards including a gold-medal for his academic achievements. He also secured a top position in the All Pakistan Universities Summer Moot arranged by Higher Education Commission at Khanas Pur, Nathia Gali.
After completing his LL.B studies, he joined law practice and completed his apprenticeship in civil and criminal law. Thereafter, he proceeded to pursue post-graduate studies at Cornell University New York, USA. He graduated in 1987 with a Master's Degree in Law (LL.M).
On his return from USA, his lordship joined law practice with a reputable law firm of which he later became a partner. His law practice covered civil, banking, property, commercial and constitutional matters. He conducted a large number of cases before the High Courts as well as the Hon'ble Supreme Court of Pakistan. He also conducted a number of local and international commercial arbitrations involving local as well as multinational parties.
His lordship attended a number of local and international conferences and professional training courses including those organized by Asian Bar Association and the International Bar Association.
He was awarded chevening scholarship by the British Council to study commercial law in the United Kingdom.
He also received a fellowship from the South Western Institute for International Studies at Dallas, USA of which he is an alumni.
While practicing as an advocate, he taught contract and commercial law for many years.
His lordship was elevated to the Bench on 15th of September, 2009. He was confirmed as a Judge of the Lahore High Court on 11.05.2011. During his tenure as a Judge of the Lahore High Court his lordship has attended the following conferences: -
He has represented the Lahore High Court in various conferences/study visits to the United States, China and Japan.
He has been Inspection Judge for District Kasur, Gujranwala and Lahore.
Mr.Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik was elevated to the Bench on 15.09.2009. He has been a practicing Advocate at the Hon'ble Supreme Court of Pakistan and High Courts since 2001 and 1989, respectively. His area of practice was mainly criminal law. In the year 2005, Justice Malik, founded Free Legal Aid Society for Helpless(FLASH) and remained its elected President till his elevation. He remained Chairman Election Board, for conducting elections of Lahore High Court Bar Association, for consecutive five years (2005 to 2009). He is now Member, Administration Committee of Lahore High Court(since 2011), Administrative Judge of Anti-Terrorism and Banking Courts in the Punjab and Environmental Tribunal(since 2012), Chairman Enrolment Committee for issuance of Fitness Certificates to the Advocates for enrolment as an Advocate of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of Pakistan, Inspection Judge of Districts Gujranwala and Sahiwal, Chairman Rule Committee (High Court Rules & Orders) of Lahore High Court, Member, Graduate Studies(LL.M) Committee of University Law College, University of the Punjab, Lahore and Member Syndicate, Government College University, Lahore. Justice Malik also participated in numerous National/International judicial conferences which includes two foreign trips on "Training In International Law--Meeting International Human Rights Standards in Criminal Proceedings" in Netherlands(Holland) organized by Asia Foundation and The Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise(18-25 April, 2012) and "Visit to the UK to discuss protecting witnesses and court security in terrorism cases" invited by the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales The Rt.Hon. Lord Justice Gross, Royal Courts of Justice Strand London (23-29 March, 2014).
Mr. Justice Kh. Imtiaz Ahmad was born on 30.03.1953 in Pind Dadan Khan; Passed matriculation examination from Government High School, Pind Dadan Khan, District Jhelum; He did his Graduation from Gordon College, Rawalpindi. After LLB Degree from Baha-ud-Din Zakriya University, Multan was enrolled as Advocate in the year 1980; Started practice at Pind Dadan Khan, District Jhelum as an Advocate. Appointed as Additional District & Sessions Judge in the year 1992 and served as such till the year 2000; Promoted as District & Sessions Judge in the year 2000 and served as such till 14.09.2009.
He was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Lahore High Court on 15.09.2009 and as a permanent Judge on 05.09.2011.
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Kh. Imtiaz Ahmad is known as a liberal, independent and balanced Judge. As a Judge of the High Court, His Lordship has delivered opinions and authored judgments on various issues of domestic and international concern such as enforcement of fundamental rights and in a famous case (Dr. Niaz Ahmad vs. D.C.O, etc., KLR 2014 Crl.Cases 162), the action of the Government regarding detention was declared illegal and order was set aside and quashed.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial was born on 17.09.1958 at Lahore. He received his elementary and secondary education at different schools in Kohat, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Lahore. He got his Senior Cambridge certificate in the year 1973 from St.Mary's Academy, Rawalpindi and Higher Senior Cambridge certificate from Aitchison College in the year 1975. He secured his B.A. (Economics) degree from Columbia University, USA in the year 1979 followed by a Law Tripos degree from Cambridge University, U.K in 1981. In 1982 he also qualified as Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln's Inn London and enrolled as an Advocate of the Lahore High Court in 1982. Some years later, he was enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial established a decent law practice in commercial, banking, tax and property law matters. He got the opportunity of assisting and working with famous counsel including Mr.Aitzaz Ahsan Advocate, Mr. Khalid Anwer Advocate and Mr.Fakharuddin G. Ebrahim Advocate in a number of commercial and constitutional cases. In the last few years of his law practice before elevation, Justice Umar Ata Bandial handled some important international commercial arbitration matters before foreign arbitral tribunals in London and Paris involving the Rupali Polyester versus Hitachi dispute, the Hubco dispute, the Ghazi Barotha construction dispute and the Bayinder NHA dispute.
Justice Umar Ata Bandial was elevated to the Bench on 04.12.2004. He declined oath under PCO in November, 2007 but was restored as a judge of the Lahore High Court as a result of the lawyers and civil society movement for restoration of the Judiciary and constitutional rule in the country.
During his career as a Judge, Justice Umar Ata Bandial has rendered judgments on a number of important issues. These include the enforcement of transparency and merit criteria for appointment of Provincial Pubic Prosecutors under the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions and Powers) Act, 2006 in his judgment reported as Mushtaq Ahmed Mohal versus Government of Punjab and others (2009 PLC (C.S.) 763). In respect of constitutional mandates, he affirmed the independence of the Chief Election Commissioner in a Division Bench judgment reported as M.Azhar Siddique and others versus Government of the Punjab etc. (PLD 2010 Lahore 138(D.B.). The said judgments were upheld by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of Pakistan. The sanctity of the Presidential office as a symbol of the unity of the Federation requiring its detachment from political activity was iterated in case reported as Pakistan Lawyers Forum versus Federation of Pakistan (PLD 2011 Lahore 382 F.B.). The necessity of assuring transparency and competition in governmental licensing of Hajj Group Organizers in a Rs.9.25 billion annual business was laid down in M/s Golden Falcon Travel Services(Pvt) Ltd. vs. Ministry of Religious Affairs, Hajj, Zakat, Usher (PLD 2007 Lahore 550 D.B.). For the enforcement of fundamental rights to property, Justice Umar Ata Bandial exercised the writ jurisdiction to reach a private bank in case of AF Industries versus Federation of Pakistan (2010 CLD 1765). He declared the Lahore skyline to be a public property for local authority regulation of the erection of billboards and sky signs in the case of Mehran Advertiser versus Government of Punjab (PLD 2011 Lahore 61).
He taught at the Punjab University Law College for four years and remained a member of its Graduate Studies Committee.
Born on the 28th of August 1954 at Rawalpindi. Completed basic education from the same city. Did his Senior Cambridge from the St. Mary's Academy in 1970. Graduated from Sir Syed College Rawalpindi in 1974.
Joined the Punjab University Law College Old Campus Lahore and obtained LL.B. Degree in 1978.
Joined the legal profession in the same year at Rawalpindi and after completion of apprenticeship was enrolled as an Advocate in 1978.
After working in various chambers started his independent practice in Lahore in 1980 and was enrolled as an Advocate of the Lahore High Court Lahore and 1981 and subsequently as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
He was appointed as legal advisor to the Lahore Development Authority in 1996.
Appointed as Special Prosecutor by Ehtesab Bureau in 1997 and was a Member of the Legal Team prosecuting high profile cases before the Lahore High Court Lahore and Rawalpindi Bench.
Appointed as Deputy Prosecutor General NAB at Islamabad in the year 2000 for a period of one year. Appointed as Special Prosecutor NAB in 2001 to prosecute cases before the Accountability Courts at Attock Fort and Rawalpindi.
Taught in the Quaid-e-Azam Law College Lahore for three years.
During the course of legal professional career conducted a large number of cases before the Civil and Banking Courts and the High Courts of Sindh, NWFP and Lahore High Court Lahore. He also appeared as an Advocate before the Cricket Inquiry including in proceedings held at Malborne (Australia) in addition to litigation he was also involved in negotiations of various commercial and financial transactions both inside and outside Pakistan.
He participated in the international conference on financial crimes and money laundering. On account of his personal and professional commitments has visited various countries including USA, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Australia, Turkey, Singapore, UAE, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Thailand.
Appointed as an Additional Judge of the Lahore High Court from 1.12.2004 and on confirmation took oath as Judge of the Lahore High Court on 1.12.2005.
In June 2006 nominated as Member of the Board of Governors National College of Arts.
Hon'ble Mr. Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry, having been sworn in as Chief Justice of Lahore High Court on 9th December, 2010, was born in a noble family of village Jabbal, Tehsil Shakargrarh, District Narowal on 15th December, 1950. After doing Bachelor of Laws, Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry started practicing law in 1975 and was enrolled as an Advocate High Court in 1977. His lordship ascended to be an Advocate Supreme Court in 1992.
By dint of sheer hard work, diligence and quest for learning, Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry acquired laudable legal acumen and professional prowess and before being raised to the Bench served as:
He has been adorning the Bench at Lahore High Court since 2nd May, 2001 where he made his mark as an untiring Judge and apart from contributing to many celebrated judgments accepted many administrative responsibilities with heart and soul. Some of those are enumerated below:
Some of the land mark judgments delivered by him are (1) Mukhtaran Mai's Case, (2) Namoos-e-Risalat Case, (3) Dr.Abdul Qadeer Khan's Case and (4) Hafiz Saeed Ahmad's Case.
Thus having proved his mettle as Judge of this Court for more than 9 years, Hon'ble Mr.Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry was appointed Chief Justice of Lahore High Court and took oath as such on 9th December, 2010. Hon'ble Chief Justice is held in the highest esteem both by the legal fraternity as well as brother Judges and enjoys cordial and harmonious working relationship with the Bar. Last but not the least, Hon'ble Chief Justice was one of those of the inspiring and leading characters of the historic movement for restoration of Judiciary who refused to take oath under the PCO.
Hon'ble Mr.Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry will be serving this Court as Chief Justice till December 14, 2012.
Mr. Justice Kh. Muhammad Sharif, Hon'ble Chief Justice, Lahore High Court, Lahore, was born on 9th December, 1948 in Lahore. His late father Kh. Muhammad Sadiq migrated from Amritsar in 1947 while his grand-father migrated from Anant Nag, Kashmir to Amritsar, about a century back. His grand-father was in the business of "Pashmeena" with a shop at Lower Bazar Shimla, as told by his late father, who, along-with his elder brother, started business of cloth in the New Anarkali Bazar, Lahore by the name and style of "Shimla Cloth House". The said shop is still there with the same name and style which is, now, being run by his nephew.
He completed his M.A. Political Science in 1968 from Government College, Lahore (now Government College University, Lahore). He also got Diplomas in Taxation and Labour Laws. He did L.L.B. from Law College, University of the Punjab, Lahore in 1970. He was enrolled as an Advocate of the Lower Courts in March, 1971. He joined the office of renowned lawyer Kh. Sultan Ahmad, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan the same year and remained attached with him for about fifteen years. During that period, he was enrolled as Advocate of the High Court on 24.5.1973 and Advocate of the Hon?ble Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1979. He started independent practice in 1986. During practice he wrote seven law books i.e., (i) Motor Accident Claims, (ii) Press & Publication Ordinance, (iii) Arbitration Act, (iv) Company Law, (v) West Pakistan Civil Courts Ordinance, (vi) Law of Tort (these six books were published by Mansoor Book Depot, Lahore) and (vii) Manual of Local Bodies Election Laws with Rules published by Shah Book Corporation, Lahore.
He was elected thrice as a Member of the Municipal Corporation in 1983, 1987 and 1991, in the elections, which were held purely on non-party basis.
Throughout his legal profession, he remained devoted to hard-work and strove for the cause of justice and fair play. He always tried his best to work with honesty and integrity and remained contented with his practice.
He was elected twice President of District Bar Association, Lahore in 1989 and 1991. In that capacity, he represented Pakistan at the time of formation of SAARC Law Association in Sri Lanka in October, 1991. He was one of the signatory to Charter of SAARC Law Association at Colombo, Sri Lanka.
He was appointed as Advocate General of Punjab in May 1997 and was elevated as Judge of the Lahore High Court, Lahore in May, 1998.
He remained Chairman Zakat & Usher Council Punjab on the elevation of Mr. Justice Muhammad Rafique Tarar (as then was) as President Islamic Republic of Pakistan. He also remained Member Evacuee Trust Property Board of Pakistan.
Throughout his legal profession, he remained very submissive in his attitude and devoted himself to hard work and also for the cause of justice and fair-play. He always tried his best to work with honesty and integrity and remained contended with his practice. He carries a strong faith in Allah (Almighty) and Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) and sought their blessings. He always worked for the betterment of the public and members of the legal profession in particular as he succeeded in securing 500 plots for the Lawyers community and 25 plots for the employees of the District Bar Association, Lahore from the Provincial Government as president District Bar Association, Lahore.
He has traveled to United Kingdom, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Saudi Arabia, wrote "Safar Nama" and had the honor to perform "Umra" and "Hajj" many a times.
He is author of five books relating to Journey to different countries which are called as "Safar Namas". These are "Shakh-e-Nazuk Ke Ashiyane", "Safar Bazariya Dosti Bus", "Kuchh Ranaiyaan", "Kashmir Jannat Benazeer" and "Deedar-e-Ka'ba"
He visited India four times. His last visits to India was in December, 2005 when he was invited along-with eight Hon'ble Judges of the Lahore High Court, Lahore, their spouses and the Senior Lawyers form the Province of Punjab at the occasion of Golden Jubilee of Punjab Haryana High Court. The said delegation was headed by him and during that period he also visited "Darbaar Sahib" Amritsar and "Jallianwala Baag" and particularly "Ajmer Sharif", Mazar Sharif of "Hazrat Mujjadid Alaf Sani".
He went to Dehli by Dosti/Friendship Bus along-with his family twice as he was on cordial terms with Hon'ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, other judges and prominent lawyers of the said High Court.
He has the traveled Sirinagar, Anantnag, Dehli, Ajmair and Agra along-with his wife in the year 2007.
During his visit to occupied Kashmir, he wrote a book "Kashmir Jannat Benazir/Kashmir like heaven". He had the opportunity to meet the people of Kashmir especially on his visit to Sirinagar High Court when he met Hon'ble Chief Justice and Judges of the said High Court.
He was deposed on 3rd November, 2007 along-with the Hon?ble Chief Justice of Pakistan (Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary) and around sixty Hon?ble Judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan and High Courts. On 3rd November, 2007 he was the Senior Puisne Judge of the Lahore High Court and then Chief Justice of the said Court was to retire on 31st December 2007. On the 1st day of December 2008, he was to become the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court right from the day when he was deposed on 3rd November, 2007 till 15th March, 2009, he was twice offered to take Oath but he refused to do so.
By the grace of Almighty Allah, movement of lawyers for restoration of deposed judiciary continued for about two years in which, electronic & print medias of Pakistan, civil society and public at large played a pivotal role. It shows that the people of Pakistan, particularly the lawyers, are very democratic and they believe in the rule of law. Ultimately, on 16.03.2009, all the deposed Judges, who had not taken Oath by then and who were eleven in number, were restored to their position of 2nd November, 2007.
He took oath as the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court on 14.04.2009.
During the period from 3rd November, 2007 to 15th March, 2009, he traveled extensively within Punjab and Karachi and addressed almost all the Bars for upholding the rule of law.