Justice(R) Nasir Aslam Zahid is considered to be one of the most honorable and respected judge of Pakistan. He is the son of first governor of State Bank of Pakistan Sir Zahid Hussain.
|Name:||Nasir Aslam Zahid|
|In Urdu:||ناصر اسلم زاہد|
|Famous As:||Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court|
|Education:||Justice Nasir matriculated from Karachi’s St Patrick’s High School, did his BA at Government College Lahore and went on to University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam House) to study law and gain an Honours Degree.|
|Alma Mater:||Government College University, Lahore Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge Inns of Court School of Law|
|Awards :||The Dean, Faculty of Legal Studies of the Hamdard University, and Head of Hamdard School of Law, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Habib University.|
|Date:||3 February 1934|
|Place:||Mussoorie, British Raj (now India)|
|Parents:||Sir Zahid Hussain was a finance officer, and also served chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, and later been Pakistani High Commissioner in India.|
Nasir Aslam Zahid was born in the area of Mussoorie, near Delhi, British India. His father, Zahid Hussain was a finance officer, and also was appointed as the chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, and after that been Pakistani High Commissioner in India.
Education of Nasir Aslam Zahid
Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid matriculated from the institute of Karachi’s St Patrick’s High School, did his BA at Government College Lahore and went on to institute of University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam House) to study law and gain an Honours Degree. In the year of 1956, he was called to the Bar from the Middle Temple.
Barrister Zahid enrolled as an advocate of the Sindh High Court in 1957, and of the Supreme Court in 1962.
- He was elevated to the Bench of the SHC as an Additional Judge in 1980, and in 1983 was made a permanent judge.
- The second of the Pakistan Peoples Party government temporarily removed him from the Bench in 1988 to send him off on deputation as the federal law secretary, a post he held until June 1990 when he returned to the SHC.
- From January 1991 to the end of April of that year he moved to the Supreme Court as an ad hoc Judge. He had several spells acting as Chief Justice of Sindh, during the absence of the sitting Chief Justice, and in May 1992 took over as permanent Chief Justice.
- By 1994, Justice Zahid s independence could be tolerated no more by the harsh law enforcement agencies, backed by the executive. A relief-giving judge, he afforded no quarter to the agencies or the government prosecuting authorities.
- He was moved to the Federal Shariat Court on April 16 of that year, without his consent, for a period of two years.
- By right and according to the Supreme Court judgement of March 20, in April of this year he should have returned to the SHC to resume the chief justiceship. But, he was instead elevated as a permanent judge of the Supreme Court.
Legal Aid Society
The Legal Aid Society is a not for profit organization registered on the 19th November 2013, as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and operates under the chairpersonship of Justice (Retd.) Nasir Aslam Zahid (Former Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan). The Legal Aid Society’s efforts are geared towards bridging the gap to provide pro bono/low bono legal aid service to enhance access to justice to undeserved, marginalized and disempowered segments of the society, specifically women, religious minorities and juveniles.
Thematic Areas of Work
- Complaint/Community Help Desk Mechanism
- Awareness Raising
- Legal Assistance
- Capacity Development
The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973.
Edited by Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Muhammad Akmal Wasim, Published in 2011, by Legal Aid Office.
Pakistan Prison Rules
Edited by Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Prof. Muhammad Akmal Wasim, Published in 2012 by Hamdard School of Law.
The Companies Ordinance Bare Act Referencer Subject Index
Edited by Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid and Prof. Muhammad Akmal Wasim, Published in June, 2011 by Hamdard School of Law.
Honour And Women South Asian Perspectives
Published by MASUM Publications, Pune, Maharashtra, India.
The Province of Sindh as a Case Study on Prosecution Service
Co-Author with Prof. Muhammad Akmal Wasim; published in Article 2, Asian Human Rights Commission, Hong Kong.
Strengthening Governance Through Access to Justice
Co-editor with Dr. Amita Singh, Published in 2009, by PHI Learning Pvt. Limited, Delhi, India.
Access to Justice
Published in the first issue of BAYAN, a Bi-Annual Socio-Journal (August 2003) of Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publication Office.
Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Pakistan
In publication of the International Chamber of Commerce covering proceedings of the International Conference held in Karachi in February 2002.
Womens Access to Judicial Redress
- Published in the 2002 Journal of Interights: London, UK.
- Report of The Commission Of Inquiry For Women, Pakistan (August 1997)
Professional and Academic Achievements
- The Dean, Faculty of Legal Studies of the Hamdard University, and Head of Hamdard School of Law.
- Member of the Board of Trustees of the Habib University.
- Member of the Board of Trustees in Aga Khan University, Karachi from January 1991 to October 1992.
- On deputation worked as Federal Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Pakistan at Islamabad – From 31st July 1988 to 19th June 1990.
- Member Asia Pacific Research Committee Network of Asia-Pacific Schools and Institution of Public Administration and Governance; CSLG, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
- Also involved in arbitration as arbitrator and umpire in extensive number of disputes ICC based and the Arbitration Act 1940.
Nomination by PTI
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on suggested the name of Justice (R) Nasir Aslam Zahid for the post of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), on November 7 2014.
Political parties after all suggested three names for the post of CEC, which included Justice (R) Rana Bhagwan Das, Justice (R) Mian Ajmal and Justice (R) Saeed uz Zaman Siddiqui. The office of the CEC wass lying vacant after Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim tendered his resignation over allegations of irregularities in General Elections 2013.
Justice Nasir rejected proposal
He gained more honour and respect when he resigned from the Supreme Court of Pakistan instead of taking oath of the office according to Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), which would have required the judges never to find illegality in the new government, no matter its actions.