Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi

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Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi
محمد نواز عباسی
Justice Supreme Court
In office
January 10, 2002 – June 6, 2008
Nominated by Pervez Musharraf
Justice Lahore High Court
In office
August 28, 1992 – January 10, 2002
Personal details
Born June 7, 1943
Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan Pakistani

Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi (Urdu: محمد نواز عباسی‎) is former justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a former justice of Lahore High Court.

Life[edit]

Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi was born in Murree on June 7, 1943.[1][2]

He studied Secondary Education in Government High School, Murree and passed Secondary School Examination from Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore in 1963. He graduated from University of Punjab in 1967 and did LL.B. from Punjab University Lahore (Session 1969-1971). He also diploma in Labour Laws from University Law College, Lahore in 1973 and a Shariah Course from International Islamic University, Islamabad in 1987.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Mr Abbasi joined legal profession and enrolled as an Advocate of subordinate courts with Punjab Bar Council in during 1972-73. He enrolled as Advocate High Court in 1975 and as Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1981[1]

He worked as a Special Prosecutor, in Court of Special Judge “Customs” Lahore, from 1983 to 1985. From March 1985 to August 1992, he worked as Assistant Advocate General, Punjab. He was a Prosecutor with Special Court for Speedy Trials established in the High Court and Supreme Appellate Court on behalf of Federal Government from 1987 to 1990. He have also conducted arbitration matter before International Arbitration Tribunal in Germany.[1]

He was a Member Disciplinary Committee, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad from 1986 to 1992.[1]

Mr. Abbasi have also worked as visiting lecturer:[1]

  • Police Academy, Sihala (1987–88)
  • Muslim Law College, Rawalpindi (1989–90)
  • Customs Academy, Karachi (1990–91)
  • Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad.

Mr Abbasi was elevated as Judge of Lahore High Court on August 28, 1992.[1][2]

He was a member of Administration Committee of Lahore High Court. During 2000-2001, he was Chairman of the Tribunal constituted under Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997. Mr Abbasi was a member of Syndicate Islamia University, Bahawalpur in 2001-2002.[1]

Mr Abbasi was elevated as Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan on 10 January 2002.[1]

He also has been Incharge Judge, Federal Judicial Academy in 2003 and Principal Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights. He was Incharge, Access to Justice Programme of the Government of Pakistan and ex officio Member of Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan from 18 June 2003 to 14 June 2004.[1]

Mohammad Nawaz Abbasi retired from Supreme Court of Pakistan on June 7, 2007 on reaching retirement age of 65[2]

Controversies[edit]

PCO Oath 1999[edit]

Mr Abbasi as a sitting judge of Lahore High Court took oath on PCO 1999.

PCO Oath 2007[edit]

On November 3, 2007, the Chief of the Army Staff declared emergency in Pakistan and issued a Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO). A seven bench supreme court bench headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued an order that declared emergency illegal and ordered that no judge shall take oath on PCO.[3]

As sitting judges of Supreme Court of Pakistan, Mr. Abbasi along with Mr. Abdul Hameed Dogar, Mr. M. Javed Buttar, and Mr. Faqir Muhammad Khokhar immediately took the oath on PCO.[4]

On June 7, 2008 Justice Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi Retired from Supreme court of Pakistan and In January 2009 He was appointed as Chief Judge Gilgit Baltistan till January 15, 2012.

Important cases[edit]

Presidential Election 2007[edit]

On September 28, 2007, Javed Iqbal along with Abdul Hameed Dogar, M. Javed Buttar, Muhammad Nawaz Abbasi, Faqir Muhammad Khokhar, and Falak Sher formed a majority opinion in holding that petition challenging General Pervez Musharraf candidature for the second term as the president as non maintainable. Head of the bench Justice Rana Bhagwandas, with two other members Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan and Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan dissented[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Supreme Court Report Golden Jubilee Edition 2006
  2. ^ a b c Associated Press of Pakistan (June 2, 2008). "Justice Nawaz Abbasi to retire as judge of SC on June 7". Associated Press of Pakistan. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Justice Iftikhar ‘stayed’ emergency, PCO". Daily Times (Pakistan). 2007-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Justice Dogar new CJ; a number of judges opt out". Dawn. 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2009-04-03. [dead link]
  5. ^ Nasir Iqbal (September 29, 2007). "The day of the General: -Musharraf to run for president in uniform - Petitioners, lawyers leaders livid". DAWN (Pakistan). Retrieved 2009-04-03. [dead link]