Justice Saeed takes oath as AJK CJ

Published May 19, 2021
Justice Raja Saeed Akram Khan took oath as Chief Justice (CJ) of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. — Photo courtesy Masood Khan Twitter
Justice Raja Saeed Akram Khan took oath as Chief Justice (CJ) of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. — Photo courtesy Masood Khan Twitter

MUZAFFARABAD: Justice Raja Saeed Akram Khan took oath as Chief Justice (CJ) of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) here on Tuesday, a day after a notification to this effect was issued by the AJK law, justice, parliamentary affairs and human rights department.

The oath was administered to him by AJK President Sardar Masood Khan at a well attended ceremony at Aiwan-i-Sadr. Among others, Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider, some cabinet and legislative assembly members, AJK high court’s acting chief justice Sadaqat Hussain Raja, deputy attorney general of Pakistan Raja Khalid Mahmood Khan attended the ceremony.

Under Article 42 (4) of the AJK’s interim constitution, the AJK chief justice is appointed by the AJK president on the advice of the chairman AJK council – the prime minister of Pakistan.

The advice from the prime minister was received by the AJK president on Tuesday and was described by the legal fraternity as the direly needed step towards bringing an end to the judicial crisis in AJK.

At the moment the AJK Supreme Court and the AJK high court have one judge each, as fresh appointments could not be made due to the non-appointment of a permanent chief justice.

Justice Khan, who was born in Lalamusa (Punjab) to a migrant family from India occupied Jammu region, had been serving as acting CJ of the AJK apex court since April 2020 after the retirement of his predecessor Chaudhry Ibrahim Zia.

Published in Dawn, May 19th, 2021

Opinion

Editorial

26 Nov 2021

State Bank’s projections

THE macroeconomic projections listed by the State Bank of Pakistan in its annual report on the nation’s economy...
Ad distribution
Updated 26 Nov 2021

Ad distribution

If present govt can muster will to achieve this task it would set a solid precedent that no future govt would find easy to undo.
26 Nov 2021

Messy passengers

NEWS that passengers on a PIA flight from Manchester to Islamabad left so much litter on the plane that it led to a...
Another damaging leak
Updated 25 Nov 2021

Another damaging leak

THE system cannot bear much more without sustaining irreparable damage to its prestige and credibility. That is why...
25 Nov 2021

Where is PDM headed?

ALL talk and no action is a fitting summary of the Pakistan Democratic Movement whose members make plenty of noise...
25 Nov 2021

Rule of the bears

PAKISTAN’S stock market has been in a free fall since the beginning of this week, with the benchmark KSE-100 index...