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Honourable Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa

Name:
Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa
Date and place of birth:
December 21, 1954
Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan
Marital status:
Married. Blessed with two daughters and four grandchildren
Educational qualifications:
Matriculation: Fifth position in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Multan in 1969
Awarded the National Talent Scholarship
Intermediate: First position in the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore in 1971
Government College, Lahore
Awarded the National Talent Scholarship
B.A.: First position in the University of the Punjab in 1973
Government College, Lahore
Awarded the National Talent Scholarship
M.A.: Master of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the University of the Punjab in 1975
Tripos-I: Law Tripos, Part I, from Queens' College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1977
LL.M.: Master of Laws degree from Queens' College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1978 with specialization in Public International Law in the subjects of the Law of Peace, the Law of War and Armed Conflict, the Law of International Institutions and the Law of Civil Liberties
Barrister-at-Law: Called to the Bar on 26.07.1979 at the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, London, United Kingdom
Legal practice:
(a) Enrolled as Advocate of the Lahore High Court on 13.11.1979
(b) Enrolled as Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 12.09.1985
(c) Handled thousands of cases of constitutional, criminal, civil, service, revenue and election laws as an Advocate Supreme Court and High Court
(d) Over 600 cases conducted as an Advocate reported in various Law Reports of the country
(e) Served as a Member of the Library Committee and as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, Lahore
Publications:
1. First book: ‘Heeding the Constitution’
(published in 1995 by PLD Publishers, 35-Nabha Road, Lahore, Pakistan)
2. Second book: ‘Constitutional Apologues’
(published in 1997 by Kausar Brothers, I-Turner Road, Lahore, Pakistan)
3. Edited and compiled ‘The Constitution of Pakistan, 1973’ with all amendments upto date
(published in 1989 by Kausar Brothers, I-Turner Road, Lahore, Pakistan and reprinted every year)
4. Third book: ‘Judging with Passion’
(published in 2008 by Kausar Brothers, I-Turner Road, Lahore, Pakistan)
5. Fourth book: ‘Breaking New Ground’
(in the process of completion)
6. Chief Editor of Key Law Reports (KLR) from 1989 to 1998
7. Articles and research papers on diverse constitutional and legal issues published in major law reports and newspapers of the country:
'Qualifications for candidates: a constitutional puzzle'
(PLD 1988 Journal 272)
(PLJ 1988 Magazine 160)
'The Judge who opens his mouth ----------'
(PLD 1989 Journal 32)
(PLJ 1989 Magazine 32)
'Pursuit of justice --- or Mr. Justice!'
(PLD 1989 Journal 57)
(PLJ 1989 Magazine 52)
'The ineffective "effect" of Article 2-A'
(PLD 1990 Journal 50)
'Constitution and the Police in Pakistan'
(PLJ 1990 Magazine 124)
'Extent of the President's discretionary jurisdiction after the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution'
(PLJ 1992 Magazine 1)
'Suo motu exercise of writ jurisdiction'
(PLD 1993 Journal 87)
(PLJ 1993 Magazine 222)
'High Courts and expeditious justice'
(PLD 1993 Journal 97)
(PLJ 1993 Magazine 204)
'Legislature, Executive and Judiciary: conflicts and cohesion'
(PLD 1994 Journal 64)
(PLJ 1994 Magazine 65)
'Justice Shafiur Rehman: a valedictory note'
(PLJ 1994 Magazine 124)
'Independence of Judiciary: a constitutional challenge'
(PLD 1994 Journal 101)
(PLJ 1994 Magazine 116)
'Four hats on a judicial head: an unconstitutional practice'
(PLJ 1994 Magazine 307)
'A constitutional vacuum in the law relating to offences against human body'
(PLD 1994 Journal 165)
(PLJ 1994 Magazine 322)
'Spotlight on some constitutional obscurities in relation to the office of the President'
(PLD 1995 Journal 6)
(PLJ 1995 Magazine 1)
'Islamic provisions in the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973'
(PLD 1995 Journal 17)
'Constitutional force of a Speaker's ruling'
(PLD 1995 Journal 22)
(PLJ 1995 Magazine 77)
'Judiciary's role towards promotion of social, economic and political justice: the Pakistan experience'
(PLD 1995 Journal 79)
(PLJ 1995 Magazine 104)
'Role of independent Judiciary in criminal justice system'
'Harnessing the capabilities of Judiciary to meet challenges for expeditious delivery of justice'
'A citizen's quest for provincial autonomy'
'Acting appointment: a constitutional quagmire'
'Absence of a Chief Minister creates a constitutional vacuum'
'The unaccomplished constitutional agenda'
'Redundancies in the Constitution'
(PLJ 1996 Magazine 8)
'Constitutional and legal issues involved in the acquittal of Sh. Rashid Ahmad, MNA'
'The 'Judges Case' and its implications'
(PLJ 1996 Magazine 27)
' 'Personal use' of the constitutional process'
(PLJ 1997 Magazine 105)
'Chief Justice of Pakistan and the Supreme Judicial Council'
(PLD 1996 Journal 17)
(PLJ 1996 Magazine 57)
'Cleansing the fountainhead: a constitutional recipe for elimination of corruption'
(PLJ 1996 Magazine 126)
'Appointment of a care-taker Cabinet after dissolution of the National Assembly'
'Swapping of roles between the Legislature and the Executive'
(PLJ 1997 Magazine 48)
' "I do solemnly swear" '
(PLJ 1997 Magazine 61)
'Independence of Judiciary: The Final Frontier'
(PLD 2007 Journal 1)
Teaching experience:
1. Part-time lecturer of Constitutional Law at the University Law College, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan from 1982 to 1985
2. Part-time lecturer of Constitutional Law at the Punjab University Law College, Lahore, Pakistan from 1986 to 1992
3. Part-time lecturer of Constitutional Law at the Punjab Law College, Lahore, Pakistan from 1995 to 1996
4. Part-time lecturer of Constitutional Law at the Pakistan College of Law, Lahore, Pakistan from 1996 to 1998
5. Visiting lecturer of Constitutional Law at the Civil Services Academy, Lahore; National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Lahore; National Police Academy, Islamabad; Staff Training Institute of the Services and General Administration Department of the Government of the Punjab; Training Course for Civil Judges conducted by the Lahore High Court, Lahore; and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
Judicial experience:
Elevated to the Bench and appointed as a Judge of the Lahore High Court, Lahore (a court of appeal which is the second highest Court of the country) on May 21, 1998
Appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on February 18, 2010 and serving in that capacity till date
Decided about fifty thousand cases over a period of more than eighteen years so far
Conferences, seminars and symposia, etc. attended and addressed:
International Law Association's Conference on 'The Right to Food' held at Islamabad, Pakistan in 1990
First SAARCLAW Conference held at Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1991
Second SAARCLAW Conference held at Karachi, Pakistan in 1992
Third SAARCLAW Conference held at New Delhi, India in 1994
Asia Law Conference on Social Development held at Hyderabad, India from February 17 to 19, 1995
Joint Seminar on 'Contemporary Issues Concerning Criminal Justice: A Comparative Perspective' conducted by the National Police Academy, Islamabad in collaboration with the United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Tokyo held at Rawalpindi, Pakistan from March 12 to 16, 1995
Fourth SAARCLAW Conference held at Kathmandu, Nepal from March 31 to April 2, 1995
Seminar on 'Civil Services of Pakistan: Challenges and Opportunities' conducted by the Civil Services Academy, Lahore, Pakistan on September 17, 1995
Workshop on 'Human Rights Education' held by the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Lahore, Pakistan on August 18, 1997
Sixth SAARCLAW Conference held at Karachi, Pakistan from October 3 to 5,
Human Rights Conference of the International Bar Association held at Lahore, Pakistan from March 29 to 31, 1998
Presided over and conducted three workshops at Islamabad, Lahore and Multan, Pakistan in 2004 attended by District & Sessions Judges, Additional District & Sessions Judges and Senior Civil Judges of all the Districts of the Province of the Punjab on the topics of ‘Judicial Ethics’ and ‘Delay Reduction’
Third Biennial Meeting of Commonwealth Judicial Educators organized by the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute (CJEI), Canada in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in New Delhi and Bhopal, India from March 12 to 19, 2005
Golden Jubilee ceremonies of the Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh, India in December, 2005
Intensive Study Programme for Judicial Educators conducted by the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada from June 3 to 24, 2006 at Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto, Canada
International Judicial Conference held at Islamabad, Pakistan from August 11 to 14, 2006 in connection with the Golden Jubilee ceremonies of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
International Conference on ‘Criminal Justice under stress: Transnational Perspectives’ held by the Indian Law Institute at New Delhi, India from November 24 to 25, 2006 in connection with its Golden Jubilee celebrations
Intensive Study Programme for Judicial Educators conducted by the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada from June 3 to 23, 2007 at Halifax, Ottawa and Toronto, Canada
Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute’s Biennial Meeting of Judicial Educators held at Arusha and Lake Manyara, Tanzania from October 29 to November 2, 2008
Course on Judicial Administration conducted by the Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA) at London, United Kingdom from May 26 to June 5, 2009
Judicial Conference on ‘Enhancing the Justice System under the Rule of Law’ held in Mauritius from September 22 to 25, 2009 by the Mauritius Judiciary in collaboration with the Honourable Society of Middle Temple, London, United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada
Biennial Meeting of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada alongwith a Judicial Conference on ‘Developing Judicial Education Programmes to respond to Contemporary Needs’ held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from March 23 to 27, 2010
Mauritius International Arbitration Conference held in Mauritius from December 13 to 14, 2010
Keynote address on February 15, 2011 at Maiduguri, Borneo State, Nigeria in connection with the New Legal Year commencement and the Nigerian Bar Association Maiduguri and Biu Branch Bar Week ceremonies
South Asia Conference on Environmental Justice held at Bhurban, Pakistan from March 24 to 25, 2012
International Judicial Conference held at Islamabad, Pakistan under the auspices of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan and the National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee from April 13 to 15, 2012
International Judicial Conference held at Islamabad, Pakistan under the auspices of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan from April 19 to 21, 2013
Conference held at Ankara and Fethiye, Turkey from September 19 to 23, 2013 on the subject of ‘National & International Dimensions of the Conflicts of Jurisdiction and the Court of Jurisdictional Disputes’
Serious Crime Seminar at Warwick, United Kingdom from September 23 to 24, 2013
Led a delegation of Directors of four Judicial Academies of Pakistan on a Judicial Study Tour of the Judicial Institute for Scotland, the Judicial Training Programme of the Republic of Ireland and the Judicial College, London from September 25 to 27, 2013
Workshop on ‘Prisoners’ Vulnerability: Lacking Awareness’ organized in the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan in collaboration with the Supreme Court of Pakistan on November 2, 2013
International Judicial Conference held under the auspices of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan at Islamabad from April 18 to 19, 2014
Biennial Meeting of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada alongwith a Judicial Conference held in Bermuda from May 12 to 14, 2014
Witness Security Symposium held at Bhurban, Pakistan from June 22 to 24, 2014 organized by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan in collaboration with the British High Commission, Islamabad
International Symposium on the 70th Anniversary of the Court of Jurisdictional Disputes of the Republic of Turkey held in Ankara, Turkey on June 11, 2015
Commencement ceremony of the New Legal Year of the Supreme Court of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on September 16, 2015
Seminar held at Lahore, Pakistan by the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan on January 16, 2016 on “Our Values & Conduct: A Dialogue between the Gavel and the Robe”
Open Briefing of the Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council of the United Nations on ‘The Effective Adjudication of Terrorism Cases’ held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, United States of America on March 10, 2016
Panel discussion of the Chief Justices and Judges of the Supreme Courts of the SAARC countries held at the New York University, School of Law on March 11, 2016
Some other honours:
A founding member of the SAARCLAW
Conferred Fellowship of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada in 2006
Elected member of the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada since June 2008
Serving as a member of the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Pakistan since 2004
Incharge Judge of the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan since 2015
Member of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan since 2015
Member of the Supreme Judicial Council of Pakistan since 2015
Chairman, Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan since 2016
 
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