Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Honorable Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed

The Honorable Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed JD (Urduوجیہ الدین احمد‎; born 1 December 1938) is a retired and senior associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a former member of Pakistan's higher judiciary. He served as the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court and then, as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He gained more honor and respect when he resigned from the Supreme Court of Pakistan instead of taking oath of the office according to GenPervez Musharraf's Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO). He has also been nominated by the lawyers community as a presidential candidate against Pervez Musharraf in 2007 elections in Pakistan. It is said[citation needed] that he could have become the Chief Justice of Pakistan had he not resigned against PCO.


Education

Wajihuddin Ahmed matriculated from Karachi's Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam, did his BA at Forman Christian CollegeLahore and went on to Sindh Muslim College to read law and gain an Honours Degree.[citation needed]


Career

Son of highly-reputed Chief Justice of West Pakistan High Court and Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Waheeduddin Ahmed, Justice Wajih enrolled as an advocate of the Sindh High Court and remained Lecturer at the SM Law College for LL. B. and LL. M. classes. He was consecutively elected as president Sindh High Court Bar Association unopposed in 1977 and 1978 and elected President of Karachi Bar association in 1981. Advocate Wajih was appointed Standing Council for Federal Government in 1984 and Advocate General Sindh on 19 November 1986 and elevated to the Bench of the SHC as a Judge in 1988. He became the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court from 5 November 1997 to 4 May 1998 and moved to the Supreme Court in 1998. During his tenure as SHC CJ, most sou moto actions were taken. He acted as Returning Officer during 1997 Presidential Elections and then appeared as presidential candidate against Musharraf in 2007. Justice Wajih joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on January 10, 2011.[1]


Contribution and activities

He is deeply involved in human rights issues and judicial education, and has spent much of his private time since retirement on dealing with constitutional concerns. He is the most-invited constitutional expert by television channels in Pakistan.[citation needed]


Arrest in November 2007

He was very vocal against the martial law, ever since it was imposed by the military regime in Pakistan. He was not arrested at the start (Nov 3, 2007), but later on Nov 21, 2007 he was arrested, and taken to an unknown location. However, he was released after a while.

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