LAHORE: The 150th celebrations of Lahore High Court would have been incomplete without paying homage to elders of the legal fraternity who have been lost over time. This was stated by Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah as he spoke at a condolence reference on Wednesday to pay tribute to late judges and notable lawyers of the Lahore High Court.
This reference was a segment of the LHC’s ongoing 150th celebrations which will conclude on December 10.
The CJ said the LHC maintained its wonderful tradition by honouring some of the illustrious figures who are no longer amongst us. He said the last condolence reference took place in 2009.
CJ Shah said that the court started its journey in 1866 and has completed 150 years of dispensing justice in 2016. “Our 150th Anniversary would be incomplete if we did not pay homage and tribute to our elders. Judges and advocates gave golden years of their life to this institution, leaving an indelible mark on its memory.
He then turned his attention to some of the notable judges lost over time.
While reading the reference, he said Justice KMA Samdani was born on May 13, 1932. He was elevated to a judge of LHC in 1972 and remained in that position till 1981. He did not take oath under PCO in 1981 and consequently was deemed to have resigned from service. He passed away on April 11, 2013, the CJ said.
Justice Dr Javid Iqbal, he said, was born in Sialkot on 5th October, 1924. He represented Pakistan as a delegate at the United Nations from 1960 to 1962, as well as in 1977 and during this period he lectured on the ideology of Pakistan at numerous universities in the United States, Canada, Europe and Turkey. He was elevated as a judge of the LHC on July 30, 1971 and appointed as Chief Justice of the LHC on 21st March 1985. He passed away on October 30, 2015, Justice Shah said.
The CJ said Justice Abdul Ghafoor Khan Lodhi was born on 10th of June 1916. He held various judicial posts from time to time till 20th December, 1973 when he was elevated as a judge of the LHC. He retired on 9th of June, 1978 and died on February 24, 2016.
Justice Abdul Shakurul Salam was born on April 01, 1928. He was elevated to Additional Judge of the LHC on October 02, 1974. He was appointed as CJ of the LHC on August 31, 1988 and held this post till December 16, 1989 and was elevated to the august SC on 23rd December, 1989, the CJ said.
Turning his attention to Justice Muhammad Hassan Sindher, CJ Shah said the former was born on February 24, 1922 in Bahawalpur. He was elevated to the LHC on November 27, 1977 and retired on March 25, 1981.
The CJ said Justice Mian Nisar Ahmed, father of SC Judge Mian Saqib Nisar, was born on August, 1, 1930, in Lahore. He was elevated as LHC judge on July 11, 1979, but stepped down from office on July 10, 1980 when he refused to take oath under an unconstitutional regime. He died on 8th September, 2011.
Justice Gul Zarin Kiani was born in 1933 in Rawalpindi and became LHC judge on March 3, 1984 from where he retired in 1995. He died on June 5, 2016. Justice Rashid Aziz Khan was born on 1st September, 1941 and was appointed as LHC judge in 1987 and retired in 2000. Justice Abdul Majid Tiwana was born on 1st January, 1933 and was elevated as LHC judge on 26th October, 1988, retired on December 31, 1994 and died on July 30, 2014.
Justice Mian Ghulam Ahmad was born on 2nd February, 1933 and elevated as an LHC judge on 29th August 1992. He retired on 1st February 1995 and died on September 24, 2013.
CJ Shah added that Justice Sheikh Abdul Mannan was born on 6th November, 1933 at Pathankot district Gurdaspur. He was elevated as an LHC judge in 1992 and died on November 15, 2016.
Justice Muhammad Asif Jan, son of Justice A, M Jan, was born on October 10, 1939 and elevated as a judge of the LHC in 1994. He retired on October 09, 2001 and died in 2012.
Justice Ameer Alam Khan was born in 1939, elevated to the LHC on August 4, 1994 and died on January 28, 2016.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 8th, 2016.