Justice Sajjad Ali Shah



Designation: Chief Justice - High Court
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Sindh High Court

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Syed Sajjad Ali Shah was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In 1997, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party was elected with a majority large enough for Sharif to change the Constitution to remove several checks and balances on the office of Prime Minister. Sharif dismissed Ali Shah after he attempted to vacate one of these constitutional amendments, leading to a constitutional crisis.

He was born on February 17, 1933 at Karachi, schooled at Sindh Madressa-tul-Islam and did his Matriculation in 1951. He later joined D.J. Science College, Karachi and after passing 1st Year Science Biology Group switched over to arts. After graduating in Political Science and General History from Sindh Muslim College in 1956 left for England and was admitted in Lincoln's Inn. Called to the Bar in 1959 and was an Advocate of the erstwhile High Court of West Pakistan in January 1961. Appointed as District Public Prosecutor and Government Pleader, Lasbella, with Headquarters at Karachi in 1963 and was allowed private practice at Karachi.

Appointed as Additional District & Sessions Judge against a vacancy reserved for members of the Bar in 1967. Served as District and Sessions Judge in various Districts in the Punjab during one Unit period and after its disintegration, in Sindh. Appointed as Joint Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs January 1974. Posted as Registrar of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1977.

Elevated as Judge of High Court of Sindh in 1987. Held extra assignments as Custodian of Evacuee Properties in the Province of Sindh, Chairman, Special Court under Suppression of Terrorist Activities (Special Courts) Act, 1975; Special Appellate Court (Customs) and Chairman, Provincial Election Authority, Sindh (for elections to the local bodies), Member Syndicate, Senate and Election Board of Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Member of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi Board of Trustees, Election Tribunal appointed by Election Commission of Pakistan in respect of General Elections held in the year 1985.Participated in a programme titled “Introduction to Computer and Technology in Courts” at National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, USA Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh, Karachi from 1989-1990.Elevated to Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan from 1990-1994.

When Dr. Nasim Hasan Shah retired as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 1994, Justice Saad Saud Jan should have rightly taken his place. 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.

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Ghazanfar ( karachi,Pakistan) Tuesday, December 7, 2010 2:47:06 AM (MDT - USA)
Sir most respectfuly,i would like to draw your kind consideration that im the father of three children and strugling to get justice in your court from last 2 year , my wife is very ill and me defendant are very influentioal ,every time they come and take new date ,NO HEARING IS BEING HELD FROM LONG TIME . PLEASE GIVE ME AN APPOINTMENT TO GIVE YOU MY DETAIls I HAVE BIG IIABILITIES AND PEOPLE ARE THRETENTING ME AND MY FAMILY as i have not asigle source of income from last 2 years,i have been cheated in my business and i have lost every thing and im suffering real hard time ,sir please save me from the people im afraid of,, i can give you all the details if u consder my case soon as possible ..i request for a so motto action towards my problam...thanking you,sir awaiting for you appointment ,Sir,

yousuf gabriel ( r,United States) Monday, February 23, 2009 2:23:53 AM (MDT - USA)
BRIEF ARTICLE ON QURAN AND HOTAMA BY ALLAMA MUHAMMAD YOUSUF GABRIEL      It is most interesting astonishing and absorbing topic of a universal nature and one of most momentous import, but in so brief an article I would no more be able than to give a bare skeleton, and hardly even all the basic features. I on my own part have no reason to doubt that the topic will be most welcomed every where the humanity exists.      Quran says: Woe to every backbiter defamer, who amasseth wealth (of this world) and arrangeth it (against the future). He thinketh that his wealth will render him immortal. Nay, for, verily, he will be cast into Al-Hotama. And what Al-Hotama is? It is fire of Allah enkindled which leaps unto the hearts. It is a (fire) closed in on them in outstretched columns".(Quran -104-CIV-Al-Homaza). HOTAMA      Hotama means a hell of fire generated by nuclear that is atomic energy with all its attributes, namely, the heat radiation, blast and radio-active fallout. This word etymologically speaking is derived from the root verb (purely Arabic) HATAMA, which means the process of breaking something into pieces, or reducing something into particles. In scientific l a n g u a g e we could say, the process of atomizing. The noun from the root verb HATAMA is HITAMAA which means a smitherine. Keep in your mind the identity between the two words, that is the Arabic word Hatama or Hitama and the english word Atom or its origin the Greek word Atomos, both as regards sound and meaning. Further, first etymological inflection of Hatama is Hattama, that is T is doubled. It means to shatter something to pieces. Second inflection is Tahattama, which amounts in impact to explosion. The Inhatama means, to be broken into pieces. Hutaam-ud-Dunia signifies, the vanities of the world, which are perishable. And so also the term Hutam-Us-Safina which means, the wreckage of the ship.      Now the word Atom has been adopte

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