HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE SADAQAT HUSSAIN RAJA CHIEF JUSTICE, High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir
His Lordship Mr. Justice Sadaqat Hussain Raja, born on 9th June, 1963 in village Khairabad, Tehsil and District Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu & Kashmir. He got his early education from High School located in his native vicinity. He passed his Matriculation and Intermediate examinations from the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Mirpur AJ&K in the year 1978 and 1981 respectively. He passed his Bachelor Degree from the University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in 1985 and got LL.B. Degree from University of Punjab, Lahore in 1988.
He was enrolled as pleader on 28.6.1988 and established legal practice in the District Courts. His lordship has also taken part in politics and policymaking of Bar Association and remained General Secretary of Central Bar Association in the year 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997. His Lordship was elected as President of Central Bar Association in the year 2003, 2004 and 2007 respectively. His Lordship was remained Vice President of Bar Council of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in the year 2013.
He was enrolled as Advocate of High Court on 17.9.2001 and enrolled as Advocate of Supreme Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on 10.8.2006. He practiced Law generally at Muzaffarabad AJ&K in all courts from the court of Civil Judge/Magistrate to the Apex Courts, besides Revenue courts and tribunals.
His Lordship was elevated to the Bench of Hon'ble High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 25th March, 2016. His Lordship was appointed twice as Acting Chief Justice High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on 17th April, 2021 and 10th May, 2021 and took oath as Acting Chie Justice on 19th April, 2021 and 11th May, 2021 respectively. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sadaqat Hussain Raja was appointed as Chief Justice High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 25th May, 2021 and His Lordship administered Oath as Chief Justice, High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on 26th May, 2021.
Mr. Justice Muhammad Habib Zia Judge High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Mr. Justice Muhammad Habib Zia was born on 20th January, 1961 in Tehsil Hajira (Village Darra Shar Khan) District Poonch, AJ&K. He got his early education in his native town Hajira. He passed his Matriculation Examination in 1976 from Government Inter College Abbaspur, AJ&K and Intermediate in the year 1978 from Government College Mirpur. He passed his Bachelor degree in Arts from Punjab University. He then accomplished his LLB degree in the year 1986 from Karachi University.
After professional Education, he joined District Bar Association Rawalpindi in 1987 and initiated practice of his legal profession. He got the License of Lower Judiciary in 1988, after that he also gained the License of Lahore High Court in 1990. On August 1996 he was License holder of AJ&K High Court while in the year, 2000 he became the License holder of Supreme Court as well. Being an Advocate he has vast experience in dealing of Constitution matters and Service matters.
His lordship took oath as Judge of High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 8th Jan, 2022.
Mr. Justice Mian Arif Hussain Judge High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
He was born on April 01, 1963 in village Darman Tehsil Zaffarwal District Narowal. He completed his elementary schooling from Government High School Zaffarwal in the year 1978 and did his FSC from Government Degree College Shakergarh. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Punjab University, Lahore after which he obtained his law degree from Punjab University, Law College during years 1986 to 1989.He also obtained the degree of Masters in Political Science from Punjab University.
He joined Tehsil Bar Ferozwala district Shikhupura as an Advocate. Later on he was enrolled as an Advocate Lahore High Court in year 1995. Mr. Justice joined the services of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Law Department as Section Officer on 28.12.1996 and later he was transferred as a Civil Judge on 04.06.2001.He was promoted as a Senior Civil Judge on 05.09.2006 and promoted as Additional District & Session Judge. Mr. Justice promoted as District & Session Judge on 04.02.2015 and during this assignment, He performed his duties as Ehtesab Judge and Judge of Banking Court.
Mr. Justice has also served as Registrar, High Court from 29.03.2019 to 10.01.2020 and elevated as a Judge High Court on Jan, 8th, 2022.
Mr. Justice Sardar Liaqat Hussain Judge High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Mr. Justice Sardar Liaqat Hussain was born on 9th November, 1965 in Tehsil Mong (Jassa Peer Kanchri) Pallandri AJ&K. He got his early education in his native town Mung. He passed his Matriculation Examination in 1981 from Govt. Inter College/School Mong, and Intermediate from the same institute in 1983. During School Academics in 1983 he also got the top position in all AJ&K Urdu debate competition. He remained the President of College Student Union as well.
He Graduated from University of Karachi in Oct, 1986. He pursued higher education and secured LLB Degree in 1988 from the University of Karachi. Meanwhile studying in University of Karachi, He also leaded as a President of Kashmir Student Affairs.
He practiced as a lawyer in Civil Court Thorar (Rawalakot) in year 1994. He successfully passed his Public Service Commission (PSC) exam in year 1998 and Appointed as a Civil Judge Kahutta in 24th Feb, 1998.
He also served as a Registrar of High Court and Shariat Court Muzaffarabad from 20. 02. 2016 to 11. 03. 2019. He Appointed as a Judge Income tax and banking Court in 19th March 2019.
His lordship took oath as Judge of High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 8th Jan, 2022. He is also nominated as the “Chairman Press foundation” AJ&K by Hon’ble Chief Justice of high Court on dated 24th February 2022.
Mr. Justice Syed Shahid Bahar Judge High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Mr. Justice Syed Shahid Bahar born on 12th of May, 1966 in village Dawrian, Tehsil Athmuqam, District Neelum. He matriculated from Government Baha-Ud-din Bahar Boys Higher Secondary School Dawrian. His father; Baha-Ud-din was a renowned educationist who left no stone unturned to disseminate the pearls of knowledge across the entire Neelum Valley.
The Honorable Judge graduated from the University of AJ&K and obtained the degree of Legum Baccalaureus (LLB) from the University of Punjab.
He was enrolled as a Pleader in Lower Courts on 25.07.1990. He got enrolled as an Advocate of AJ&K High Court on 04-11-1997 and on 16.05.2002 as an Advocate of the Apex Court of AJ&K.
He remained member of AJ&K Bar Council twice as well as Chairman Executive Committee and Anti- Corruption Committee of AJ&K Bar Council. He was elected as the President of Central Bar Association Muzaffarabad in the year 2010. He tendered his services as a visiting Professor of the following subjects namely Law of Writs, Code of Criminal Procedure 1898 and Interpretation of Statutes in department of Law, University of AJ&K. He remained legal advisor of AJK Government for various departments i.e. Electricity, Public Works Department and Development Authority Muzaffarabad. On banking side, He provided his legal expertise to the National Bank of Pakistan, AJK Bank, ZTBL and IDBP.
In the year 2016, He became Chief Prosecutor of Ehtesab Bureau of AJK and served there for a brief stint. Being an Advocate his plethora of cases are reported in various Law journals including PLD, PLJ, YLR, SCR etc. The Honorable Judge took Oath of his office on Jan, 8th, 2022.
Mr. Justice Muhammad Ejaz Khan Judge High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
His lordship Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sardar Muhammad Ejaz Khan born on 29th of July, 1968 in Banjosa of district Poonch. He matriculated from Government High School Banjosa in the year 1986 and thereafter done his intermediate from Captain Hussain Khan Shaheed College Rawalakot in 1988. He is graduated from University of Karachi in 1990. He obtained LLB degree from Islamia University Bahawalpur in the year 1993.
He joined the legal profession in the year 1995. He got enrolled as an Advocate High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in the year 1998 and as an Advocate of Supreme Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 8th March 2011.
His lordship has also taken part in bar politics and remained president and General Secretary Bar Association of Rawalakot (Poonch). He also remained member bar Council of Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
His lordship took oath as Hon’ble Judge of High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 8th, January, 2022.
Mr. Justice Chaudhary Khalid Rasheed Judge High Court of Azad Jammu and Kashmir
His lordship Hon’ble Mr. Justice Chaudhry Khalid Rasheed was born on 14th March, 1970, in Mirpur. He got his initial education from Presentation Convent High School Jhelum. He was also awarded Gold Medal in graduation by AJ&K University. He accomplished his BA LLB degree from Punjab University Lahore Pakistan.
He got the license of pleadership in May 1995 and was License holder of AJ&K High Court from June 1998. He also got the license of Lahore High Court in the year 2002 & License of Supreme Court AJ&K in April 2004. He is a life time member of Islamabad Bar Association since 2002. He remained public prosecutor Mirpur from 1996 to 1999. He was elected as a member of AJ&K bar council in the year 2002 and also worked as chairman Executive of AJ&K Bar council in the year 2006. He was elected as President of the District-bar Association Mirpur in the year 2014.
He has vast experience of conducting Criminal, Civil, Revenue and Constitutional cases. He is also carrying well experience of conducting cases in High Court and Lower Judiciary of Islamabad.
His lordship took oath as Hon’ble Judge of High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 8th Jan, 2022.