Justice Baqar takes oath as CJ of Sindh HC

Justice Maqbool Baqar, who recently survived an attempt on his life, was on Friday sworn in as the new Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court (SHC) after the outgoing chief justice, Justice Mushir Alam, was elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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Published: Sun 22 Sep 2013, 11:39 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:44 PM

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry administered the oath to the two senior judges in Karachi, where he was present to hear a case on the law and order situation in the metropolis.

The appointment of the two judges to the respective positions was recently approved by the parliamentary committee on appointment of judges to the superior courts.

The oath-taking ceremony for Justice Alam was attended by judges of the Sindh High Court, officials of the Karachi Bar Association and other council members, while the ceremony for the oath-taking of Justice Baqar was attended by judges and lawyers of the Sindh High Court.

Justice Baqar survived a bomb attack on his convoy near the Sindh High Court on June 26, in which his driver and eight police guards were killed.

The judge himself sustained serious injuries in the attack, which was claimed by the banned Tehreek-e-Taleban Pakistan, commonly known as the TTP.

Meanwhile, six newly confirmed judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) also took oath on Friday, the official news agency reported.

LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial administered the oaths at a ceremony held at the LHC judges’ lounge, which was attended by judges and staff of the LHC, law officers, families of the judges and senior lawyers.

The judges include Justice Abdul Sami Khan, Justice Ibadur Rahman Lodhi, Justice Shujaat Ali Khan, Justice Aisha A. Malik, Justice Shahid Waheed and Justice Ali Baqar Najfi.

After the latest confirmation, the strength of the LHC’s confirmed judges has become 33.


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