Khawaja Muhammad Sharif

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Khawaja Muhammad Sharif
خواجہ محمد شریف
39th Chief Justice Lahore High Court
In office
13 April 2009 – 8 December 2010
Nominated by President Asif Ali Zardari
Preceded by Sayed Zahid Hussain
Succeeded by Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry
Justice Lahore High Court
In office
21 May 1998 – 12 April 2009
Nominated by President Mohammad Rafiq Tarar
Personal details
Born (1948-12-09) 9 December 1948 (age 68)
Nationality Pakistan Pakistani

Mr. Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif (Urdu: خواجہ محمد شریف ‎) is a former Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court in Punjab, Pakistan.


Mr. Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif born on 9 December 1948 in Lahore. His father Khawaja Muhammad Sadiq was a cloth merchant of Anarkali Bazar, Lahore . Mr. Sharif passed M.A. in Political Science and got degree in L.L.B. He got Diplomas in Taxation Law and also in Labour Law.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Khawaja Muhammad Sharif commenced practice in legal profession on 7 April 1971 from the office of Khawaja Sultan Ahmad, the most Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan and High Court and enrolled as an Advocate of Lahore High Court, Lahore on 24 May 1973.[1]

He was elected twice as President of Lahore Bar Association in the year 1989 and 1991. During practice he wrote seven law books, six published by Mansoor Book Depot, Lahore which are Motor Accident Claims, Press and Publication Ordinance, Arbitration Act, Company Law, West Pakistan Civil Courts Ordinance and Law of Torts and the seventh book is Manual of Local Bodies Elections Laws with Rules, published by Shah Book Corporation, Lahore.[1]

He, being the President of Lahore Bar Association, represented Pakistan at the time of formation of SAARC Law Association in Sri Lanka in October, 1991. He was one of signatory to the charter of SAARC Law Association at Colombo, Sri Lanka. He also visited Malaysia, Philippines and England in his private capacity and wrote 'Safar Nama' in the shape of a book known as 'Shakh-e-Nazuk Key Aashianey'.[1]

He remained Advocate General Punjab from 31 May 1997 till 20 May 1998. He was appointed to Lahore High Court on 21 May 1998.

Justice Khawaja remained deposed from the bench from 3 November 2007 till 17 March 2009 when he was restored.

Justice Khawaja was appointed Chief Justice of Lahore High Court on 12 April 2009 and retired on 8 December 2010 on attaining the age of superannuation.


Salmaan Taseer Murder Case[edit]

Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif defend Mumtaz Qadri, who shot Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer on account of his blasphemic statement, confirmed Lawyer Raja Shujaur Rehman. The Divisional bench (DB) of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), composed of Chief Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan heard the case at 10:30am in the IHC. Qadri had filed an appeal before the IHC earlier challenging his death sentence. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) sentenced Qadri to death on two counts for the murder of Salmaan Taseer. The self-confessed killer’s defence pleas, which invoked religious sentiments and argued the accused was provoked into the act, were dismissed by the court. Mumtaz Qadri was a constable in the Punjab Police and a member of its Elite Force. Justice Khawaja was appointed Chief Justice of the LHC on April 12, 2009 and retired on 8 December 2010 on attaining the age of superannuation. He was appointed to the court on May 21, 1998. The CJ remained deposed from the bench from November 3, 2007 till March 17, 2009 when he was restored.[2]

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