Syed Sajjad Ali Shah

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Syed Sajjad Ali Shah
سید سجاد علی شاہ
13th Chief Justice of Pakistan
In office
4 June 1994 – 2 December 1997
Appointed by Farooq Leghari, President of Pakistan
Preceded by Saad Saud Jan (Acting)
Succeeded by Ajmal Mian
Chief Justice Sindh High Court
In office
13 December 1989 – 4 November 1990
Preceded by Ajmal Mian
Succeeded by Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui
Personal details
Born (1933-02-17)17 February 1933
Karachi, British Raj
(now Pakistan)
Died 7 March 2017(2017-03-07) (aged 84)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma mater University of Karachi
Inns of Court School of Law

Syed Sajjad Ali Shah (Urdu: سید سجاد علی شاہ‎) was the Chief Justice of Pakistan from 4 June 1994 to 2 December 1997.

Chief Justice of Supreme Court[edit]

When Dr. Nasim Hasan Shah retired as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1994, Justice Saad Saud Jan should have taken his place based on seniority. But Ms Benazir Bhutto threw tradition overboard, when she by-passed two senior judges and appointed Sajjad Ali Shah as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Later, she was dismissed by President Farooq Leghari on charges of corruption and Sajjad Ali Shah along with 6 other members of the Supreme Court upheld this decision. Reading from a 12-page short order, Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah said

The presidential order contained enough substance and adequate material had been provided to conclude that the government could not be run in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and that an appeal to the electorate had become necessary.


Syed Sajjad Ali Shah died at the age of 84 on 7 March 2017 in Karachi after suffering from severe chest infection.[1][2][3][4]

Other services[edit]

  • Former Chairman of Iran-Pakistan Friendship Association


  • Law Courts in a Glass House: An Autobiography, by Sajjad Ali Shah ISBN 0-19-579561-X

See also[edit]



  • Judging the State : Courts and Constitutional Politics in Pakistan, by Paula R. Newburg ISBN 0-521-89440-9
Legal offices
Preceded by
Saad Saud Jan
Chief Justice of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Ajmal Mian
Preceded by
Ajmal Mian
Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court
13 December 1989 – 4 November 1990
Succeeded by
Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui