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A full court reference in honour of the retiring Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar, is being held at Supreme Court Islamabad. All Supreme Court judges except Justice Mansoor Ali Shah are attending the reference to bid farewell to Justice Nisar.
Attorney General of Pakistan Anwar Mansoor, Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Kamran Murtaza, retired senior judges, lawyers, journalists as well as Justice Nisar’s family members are also in attendance.
Nisar was elected secretary general of the LHCBA in 1991. He has been a Supreme Court judge since Feb 18, 2010 and before that he was a judge at the LHC.
Justice Nisar was sworn in as the country’s top judge on Dec 31, 2016. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will succeed him as the chief justice of Pakistan. He will be sworn in by President Arif Alvi tomorrow.
During his tenure as the CJP, Justice Nisar passed several landmark judgments, including the verdict in the Aasia Bibi case last year. He also headed the bench that ruled that disqualification from holding a public office awarded under Article 62 (1)(f) would be for life.
Justice Nisar also set up a fund for the Diamer-Bhasha Dam and vociferously campaigned for it. Justice Nisar has said he would open a ‘free legal clinic’ after retirement. “I will offer free legal assistance to the oppressed, poor and helpless people at my free legal clinic,” he said on Monday.
Justice Nisar’s Judicial Career
Born on Jan 18, 1954, in Lahore, Justice Nisar went to Cathedral High School, Lahore, attended the Government College Lahore, and studied law at University of the Punjab in 1979-80.
He joined the legal profession as an advocate on May 2, 1980. He was member of the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA).
Nisar was elected secretary general of the LHCBA in 1991. He has been a Supreme Court judge since Feb 18, 2010 and before that he was a judge at the Lahore High Court.