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PHC Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth dies of coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth died of coronavirus on Thursday, ARY News reported.

A spokesperson from the Peshawar High Cour said Waqar Seth was hospitalized a week back with coronavirus-related complications. He was undergoing treatment at Kulsoom International Hospital in Islamabad.

His funeral prayers will be offered tomorrow in Peshawar at 2:30 pm.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and other senior judges have expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of Justice Waqar Seth.

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“Saddened to learn of the passing of Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Waqar Ahmed Seth. May his soul rest in peace – Ameen. My condolences & prayers go to his family,” PM wrote in a tweet.

Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Supreme Court Bar Council announced to observe one-day mourning tomorrow (Friday)  across the country-wide courts over the sad demise of Justice Waqar Ahmed.

Waqar Seth was born in Dera Ismail Khan on March 16, 1961, he received his early education from Cantonment Public School, Peshawar.

He did his LLB from Khyber Law College, Peshawar in 1985 and M.A. (Political Science) from the University of Peshawar in 1986.

Seth started his professional career in December 1985 when he was enrolled as an advocate in the lower courts.

He was enrolled as an advocate of the high court on March 22, 1990. Subsequently, on May 24, 2008, he was enrolled as an advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Justice Seth was elevated to the PHC as Additional Judge on August 2, 2011, and took oath as Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court on June 28, 2018.

He was inducted into the special court hearing the high treason case against Pervez Musharraf in October 2019 as the president of the court.

On December 17, 2019, the three-member bench of this special court awarded the death sentence to Musharraf in short order.

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