LUMS Law Alumni Association (LLAA) is organising its First Annual Lecture titled, ‘A Discourse on the Legal Profession’ as per the following schedule:
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Venue: Asifa- Irfan Moot Court Room, SAHSOL Building, LUMS
About the Speaker
Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid was born in Mussoorie, near Delhi, British India. His father, Sir Zahid Hussain was a finance officer, and also served as Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, and Pakistani High Commissioner in India. 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. In 1956 he was called to the Bar from the Middle Temple.
He enrolled as an advocate of the Sindh High Court (SHC) in 1957, and of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) in 1962. He was elevated to the Bench of the SHC as an Additional Judge in 1980 and made a Permanent Judge in 1983. He was temporarily removed by PPP from the Bench in 1988 sent on deputation as the Federal Law Secretary, a post he held until June 1990 after which he returned to the SHC. From January 1991 to the end of April of that year, he moved to the SC as an Ad Hoc Judge. He had several spells acting as Chief Justice of SHC, during the absence of the sitting Chief Justice, and in May 1992 took over as permanent Chief Justice. In 1994, he was moved to the Federal Shariat Court for a period of two years. He was later elevated as a Permanent Judge of the SC. In the year 2000, he resigned from the Supreme Court, instead of taking the oath of office according to Gen. Pervez Musharraf's Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).
He has been involved in human rights issues and judicial education and has spent much of his time since retirement dealing with women’s legal concerns. He has also served as the Dean, Faculty of Legal Studies and Head of Hamdard School of Law at the Hamdard University, Karachi.
Justice Zahid also had a collaboration with the Government of Sindh, Pakistan for the establishment of a Committee for the Welfare of Women Prisoners of the Special Prison for women in Karachi. However, in the year 2009, the work was expanded to include juveniles and male prisoners of all 22 prisons of Sindh.