Mian Saqib Nisar
|Mian Saqib Nisar|
|25th Chief Justice of Pakistan|
Assumed office |
31 December 2016
|Nominated by||Nawaz Sharif|
|Appointed by||Mamnoon Hussain|
|Preceded by||Anwar Zaheer Jamali|
|Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan|
Assumed office |
18 February 2010
|Nominated by||Yousaf Raza Gillani|
|Appointed by||Asif Zardari|
|Justice of the Lahore High Court|
22 May 1998 – 17 February 2010
|Law Secretary of Pakistan|
29 March 1997 – 12 October 1999
|Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court|
22 May 1994 – 21 May 1998
|Secretary General of Lahore High Court Bar Association|
Mian Saqib Nisar|
18 January 1954
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Government College University|
|Salary||11,00,000 PKR in addition to free unlimited electricity, water and other perks worth more than two hundred thousand PKR per month|
Mian Saqib Nisar - (Urdu: میاں ثاقب نثار, born 18 January 1954), is the 25th and current Chief Justice of Pakistan, in office since 31 December 2016.He is a PCO beneficiary.  In addition, Justice Nisar also remains a visiting professor of law at the Punjab University where he provides instructions on constitutional law. Ascended as the Justice of the Supreme Court on 18 February 2010, he was elevated as chief justice when Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali reached his constitutionally set retiring age. In legal circles, Justice Nisar has been described of taking a textualist-conservative philosophical approach in his jurisprudence of cases of importance.
Early life and education
Saqib Nisar's father was Mian Nisar, an advocate belonged to a Arain family of Lahore. He was educated at the Cathedral High School in Lahore where he matriculated and enrolled at Government College University (GCU) where he graduated with a B.A. degree in 1977. He later went to attend the Punjab University where he secured LLB in civil law in 1980.
While being an undergraduate student at the GCU Lahore, he was selected to be a member of the international delegation representing Pakistan in International Youth Conference held in Tripoli in Libya in 1973.
Soon after his graduation with a law degree, Nisar enrolled as an advocate and began private practice of law at the District Court in 1980. In 1982, he was called to the bar at the Punjab Bar Council and was enrolled as an advocate of the Lahore High Court. He practiced law as an advocate for a decade until he was invited and called by the Supreme Court Bar Association, subsequently relocating in Islamabad. In 1991, he was elected as a Secretary-General of the Lahore High Court.
On 29 March 1997, he was appointed as Law Secretary at the Ministry of Justice and Law (MoJL)– a chief bureaucratic position inside the law and justice ministry. His appointment as the Law Secretary of Pakistan was nominated and confirmed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif immediately after being elected in general elections held in 1997. His appointment as a law secretary was noted as the first time in the history of the country that some one from the Bar had been appointed to such post.
On 22 May 1998, he was elevated as judge at the Lahore High Court after a nomination summary sent by Prime Minister Sharif, only to be confirmed as judge of Lahore High Court by then-President Rafiq Tarrar. As a judge in Lahore High Court, he heard and passed judgements on many important cases involving the resolution of disputes on the civil matters, commercial banking disputes, and tax evasions/avoidances.
In 2000, Nisar was among one of many judges at the Lahore High Court who took the oath under the new provisional constitutional order and was continue to allow hearing cases at the Lahore High Court.
Supreme Court Justice
On 13 February 2010, his nomination to be elevated as the justice of the Supreme Court was initially rejected by the then-President Asif Ali Zardari in spite of recommendation made by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. President Zardari instead elevated Justice K.M. Sharif that ultimately supersedes senior-most Justice Nisar for the promotion, appointing the latter as acting Chief Justice of Lahore High Court.
Upon hearing these developments, Chief Justice Chaudhry suspended the appointment order and marked such actions as "unconstitutional", using his constitutional powers granted by the Judicial Commission.
He was a member of the Supreme Court bench which heard the case against 21st Constitutional Amendment, the amendment which authorized the establishment of military courts to hear terrorism cases after the incident which killed 141 people including 132 children in a school in Peshawar on 16 December 2014.
Judicial activism and nexus with military
Justice Nisar has been criticized by some notable academics, journalists and politicians for his judicial activism and over-involvement in day to day affairs of the government. He is accused of being in alliance with Pakistan's military establishment against Pakistan Muslim League (N), Nawaz Sharif and his government which was ousted in July 2017.
He also ordered removal of security from all non government people, even who are under threat of terrorists including TTP, LeJ, etc. Though Election Commission of Pakistan ordered to provide security due to all candidates contesting in General Elections 2018. In the sequence of events however, a leader of ANP, Mr Bilour was killed by suicide bomber on July 10, 2018 in Peshawarduring election campaign. Father of Mr. Bilour was killed in 2012 via similar attack by TTP. Another candidate  Raisani and 127 others were killed on July 13, 2018 due to lack of security provided by government / establishment.
Justice Nisar is known for his educational interests in legal education, and is currently tenuring as visiting professor of law at the Law College of the Punjab University where he provides instructions on the constitutional law and civil law procedure. Justice Nisar attended and represented Pakistan in the international conference on "India and Pakistan at Fifty" held in Wilton Park in United Kingdom; he also led judicial delegations on conferences held in The Philippines and Switzerland.
In 2009, Justice Nisar authored a paper on Islam and democracy and presented the paper to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo, Norway, and offered discussion on the "Role of the Courts in Islamic Democratic Society."
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