Three high court judges recommended for elevation to SC
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on Friday recommended the elevation of Lahore High Court Malik Shahzad and Sindh High Court CJ Aqeel Abbasi and Justice Shahid Bilal as the judges of Supreme Court.

 These recommendations have been sent to the Parliamentary Committee of the National Assembly for final approval.

Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan

According the LHC record, Justice Malik Shahzad Ahmad Khan was born in Pindi Gheb, District Attock on 15-03-1963. His lordship did his graduation from Gordon College, Rawalpindi and earned Bachelor’s degree from Punjab University. Later he obtained his LLB degree from University Law College, Punjab University, Lahore in the year 1989. He was enrolled as an Advocate in the year 1990 and started practice at Rawalpindi. He was enrolled as Advocate of High Court in the year 1993. Later he became an Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan in the year 2004.

During the practice as an Advocate of about 21 years the Judge has contested a large number of cases. He took active part in Bar elections and was elected as Secretary General of High Court Bar Association, Rawalpindi in the year 2004. He was elected as President of High Court Bar Association, Rawalpindi in 2009. His lordship was elevated as Additional Judge of Lahore High Court on 12-05-2011 and was confirmed on 11-05-2013.

Justice Aqeel Ahmad Abbasi

According to Sindh High Court record, Justice Aqeel Ahmad Abbasi started Legal Practice as a Taxation & Corporate Laws Consultant in 1988 in the Chambers of his illustrious father Professor Masood Ahmed Abbasi Advocate.

He was appointed as Legal Advisor to Income Tax Department, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Government of Pakistan in 2000 till his elevation to High Court of Sindh

He was also appointed as Advocate on Penals of Custom Central Excise & Sales Tax Department, Government of Pakistan, Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan, Government of Pakistan and House Building Finance Cooperation, Government of Pakistan.

He remained as an Honorary Law Reporter of Pakistan Legal Decisions (P.L.D) and Pakistan Tax Decisions (P.T.D) till his elevation to High Court of Sindh

He was elected as Member Managing Committee of Sindh High Court Bar Association Karachi for the years 1998/1999 & 1999/2000. Also Elected as (un-opposed) Honorary Joint Secretary of Sindh High Court Bar Association Karachi for 2001/2002.

Besides having conducted cases including Civil, Criminal & Service matters, he successfully conducted a large number of cases in the Supreme Court, High Court, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Customs, Excise & Sales Tax Appellate Tribunal on behalf of Federal Board of Revenue, (FBR) Government of Pakistan.

He contributed several articles & Research Papers on Taxation Laws which were all published in Law Journals i.e. Taxation, P.T.D. & English Daily Dawn. Also attended several Seminars & Workshops on Legal matters.

He was elevated as an Additional Judge of the Sindh High Court on September 25, 2009 and subsequently took oath as a Judge of this Court on September 19, 2011. On October 3, 2023, his lordship assumed the position of Senior Puisne Judge and served as the Acting Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court from November 3, 2023 to December 18, 2023. His lordship subsequently took the oath as Chief Justice of the High Court of Sindh on December 19, 2023.

He remained Monitoring Judge of various District and Sessions Courts in Sindh, Customs Appellate Tribunal, Inland Revenue Tribunal and Special Court (Customs, Taxation and Anti-Smuggling). He has been Authorized Officer in respect of the entire judiciary in the province of Sindh, as well Incharge of the Administration and Judicial Branches of the High Court ; Chairman of the Development Committee; Purcahse Committee; Inter Seniority Committee; Court Building Committee,. He has also been a Member of Syndicate of different Universities, including Agha Khan University.

Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan

Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan was born to a noble family in 1965 at Lahore. He received his early education in Chiniot, and thereafter migrated to Uganda, East Africa with his family and completed his secondary education there. During his subsequent sojourn in the heart of Africa, he frequented his visits to Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt and Saudi Arabia abroad and to Lahore till 1982, continuing his studies and accomplishing his academic benchmarks by completing his degrees in graduation from University of the Punjab in 1985, post-graduation in English as his major subject from Government College University in 1988, and LLB from Punjab law College, Lahore affiliated with University of the Punjab in 1993.

His lordship had been endowed with versatile potentials that led him to the sports arena as well, excelling in the game of rowing by being in the Lahore Champions' team during his under-graduation tenure.

Prior to his lordship’s elevation to the Bench as an Additional Judge of the Lahore High Court on 12.04.2013, his lordship had procured his licenses to practice law and had started as a practicing advocate in the Lower Courts in 1994, in the High Courts of Pakistan in 1996 and subsequently his ascendancy to be an Advocate in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2009 respectively.

During his practicing span, his lordship established a law firm entitled Bilal and Buqsh, Advocates and Solicitors in Lahore and focused on his areas of expertise as a practicing Advocate specifically specializing in Civil, Criminal and Constitutional matters ranging in multidimensional perspective for nearly two decades, His legal profession also encompassed legal advisory as well as teaching, the noblest of any undertakings. The former was extended to many an institution like University of Education and the latter was executed as the visiting faculty of Punjab Law College.

His lordship has actively upheld the sovereignty and autonomous prevalence of rule of law in its entirety throughout his professional carrier, which is well exhibited in his professional achievements and associations. His lordship has been the Secretary Lahore Bar Association (2000-01); Executive Member, Lahore High Court Bar Association (1997-2003); Member, Punjab Bar Council (2005-10); Member Executive, Punjab Bar Council (2005-06, 2009-10); Life Member, Lahore Bar Association, Lahore; Life Member Lahore High Court Bar Association, Lahore; Life Member, Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Hon'ble Mr. Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan has also authored two books namely: Suits and Defenses published in 2008, and Appeal, Revision and Review of the Judgment published in 2010 respectively.