ISLAMABAD: Senior most Judge of Supreme Court after Chief Justice, Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan will retire on August 17 after serving a Judge of SC for about one decade.
He remained Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan during the absence of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. He also remained acting Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan for several months. The full court reference in the Honour of Mian Shakirullah Jan will be held on August 16 in Supreme Court building Islamabad. Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir, Vice Chairman Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Akhtar Hussain, President SCBA Yasin Azad will speak on the occasion.
Advocate generals of all the four provinces, law officers, senior lawyers will also attend the full court reference. Following is the bio data of Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan. Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan graduated from Islamia College, Peshawar; obtained Law Degree from the Khyber Law College, Peshawar University; joined the Bar in 1973; Enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court in 1975 and as an Advocate of the Supreme Court in 1980.
He was elevated as a judge of the Peshawar High Court, actively engaged in Bar’s constructive activities; unanimously elected one of the founder Members of the Executive Committee, Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan in 1993-94, the first year of its establishment; member of the Provincial Bar Council, for the period 1989 to 1993, Chairman of Free Legal Aid Committee of the Bar Council for 1990. As a Judge of Peshawar High Court: Elevated as an Additional Judge of Peshawar High Court on December 13, 1993 and then (confirmed) as Judge of the High Court in 1995, acted as Election Tribunal; as Company Judge; Chairman of NWFP Subordinate (District) Judiciary Service Tribunal, Chairman of the Tribunal, NWFP Bar Council; appointed as Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court and took oath on 10th January, 2002.
He was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court on July 31, 2004. For the supremacy of the Constitution, independence of judiciary and rule of law, refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) of 03.11.2007 (an unconstitutional order) and preferred to face the reactionary steps to be taken by the ruler which resulted not only being deposed but was incarcerated in the house for about four months and also with children for some days.