Pakistan’s puisne judge Justice Ijazul Ahsan stepped down from his role as Supreme Court judge on January 11, 2024.
Justice Ahsan was slated to become Pakistan’s next Chief Justice after incumbent CJP Qazi Faez Isa’s retirement in October 2024.
Ahsan hailed from the resort town Murree. He was born on August 05, 1960 in Murree – the country’s famous hill station located in outskirts of the capital Islamabad.
He completed his basic education at Divisional Public School DPS Model Town, Lahore, and later attended FC College. Ijaz Ul Ahsan then joined the University of the Punjab for LLB and bagged gold medal for academic performance.
For higher studies, he went to NYC Cornell University and graduated and got a master’s degree in Law.
The legal expert secured Chevening scholarship by British Council to study commercial law in UK. He also received a fellowship from Dallas Law Institute.
Ijazul Ahsan completed his apprenticeship in civil and criminal law. In his practice, he excelled in civil, banking, property, commercial and constitutional matters.
The legal eagle conducted number of local and international commercial arbitrations involving local as well as multinational parties. He remained as associate partner in the prestigious Cornelius, Lane & Mufti firms.
In 2009, he joined Lahore High Court after the Lawyers’ Movement, and later served as Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court, Lahore. He also served as an inspection judge for District Kasur, Gujranwala, and Lahore.
He was appointed as the top judge of LHC in late 2015, and made it to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in June 2016.
In his seven years in the apex court, Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan made several judgments. He was part of bench that declared trial of ordinary civilians in special military courts.
In 2022, bench led by Justice Ijaz acquitted all the perpetrators involved in the Murder of Shahzeb Khan.
Soon after his resignation, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz raised questions about he stepped down. The political leaders said stepping down alone would not conclude the matter, and accountability must be done.
Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Pakistan’s next-in-line Chief Justice, resigns