LUMS Law Alumni Association Conducts First Annual Lecture

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The LUMS Law Alumni Association (LLAA) conducted its First Annual Lecture on Thursday, April 5, 2018. The lecture was delivered by Justice (Retired) Nasir Aslam Zahid.

Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid was born in Mussoorie, near Delhi, British India, obtained his BA from Government College, Lahore, went on to University of Cambridge (Fitzwilliam House) to study law and was called to the Bar from the Middle Temple in 1956.

Justice Zahid enrolled as an advocate of the Sindh High Court (SHC) in 1957, and of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) in 1962. Justice Zahid was elevated the SHC as an Additional Judge in 1980, and made a permanent judge in 1983. From 1988 to 1990 Justice Zahid was sent on deputation as the Federal Law Secretary. In 1992 Justice Zahid became the Chief Justice of the SHC but was moved to the Federal Shariat Court for a period of two years and from there was elevated as a permanent judge of the SC. In the year 2000, Justice Zahid resigned from the Supreme Court, instead of taking oath of the office according to Gen. Pervez Musharraf's Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).

Justice Zahid has been involved in human rights issues and judicial education, and has spent much of his time since retirement dealing with women’s legal concerns. He has also served as the Dean, Faculty of Legal Studies and Head of Hamdard School of Law at the Hamdard University, Karachi. Justice Zahid also had a collaboration with the Government of Sindh, Pakistan for the establishment of a Committee for the Welfare of Women Prisoner of Special Prison for Women at Karachi. In 2009, the work was expanded to include Juveniles and Male Prisoners of all 22 prisons of Sindh. He currently serves as the Chairperson of Legal Aid Society.