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Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, (born December 12, 1948, Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan), Pakistani judge who was named to the Pakistan Supreme Court in 2000 and later served as its chief justice (2005–07; 2009–13).

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry received his early education in Balochistan before moving to Sindh province, where he studied law at Hyderabad University, receiving an LL.B. with special concentration in constitutional law, criminal law, and tax and revenue law. He established a legal practice as an advocate in 1974 and became an advocate for the Balochistan High Court in 1976.

In 1985 he enrolled as an advocate before the Pakistan Supreme Court. Chaudhry was then named (1989) advocate general of the Balochistan High Court, was designated (1990) additional judge of the Balochistan High Court, and held several other judiciary positions. While serving simultaneously as chairman of the Balochistan Local Council Election Authority, he was twice presiding officer of the Balochistan Local Council Bodies Authority. After being appointed (1999) chief justice of the Balochistan High Court, Chaudhry played a key role in the establishment of the Circuit Bench of the Balochistan High Court at Sibi.

Former CJP slams PML-N for crying foul over SC verdicts

BAHAWALPUR: Former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reacting to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on time-limit for lawmakers’ disqualification, said the apex court used its constitutional powers to interpret Article 62 (1)(f) of Constitution. Speaking to the media, he said the ruling Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has been crying foul despite the fact that the apex court had given numerous decisions in its favour in the past. He said the ruling party should respect state institutions. He…

News leak bigger issue than Panama papers: Ex-CJP Chaudhry

RAWALPINDI: Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday said the Panama Papers is a reality which has been accepted by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. However, Chaudhry was of the opinion that the matter of the controversial new story, which leaked from a high-level meeting and was published by an English daily, was even more sensitive than the Panama Papers. He questioned why a First Inquiry Report (FIR) had not been lodged over the breach of national security. “Official security breach is a…

12th May case: Akhtar pleads court to include Musharraf, others in probe

KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar has filed a petition to include former president Pervez Musharraf, then prime minister Shaukat Aziz and chief minister of Sindh Arbab Ghulam Raheem in the investigation of the May 12th violence in Karachi, ARY News reported. Four cases regarding 12th May, 2007 violent incidents in Karachi were heard in an Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday. Akhtar said that Musharraf and other top functionaries of then government are also responsible for the violence. He pleaded to the court to…

Mayor Akhtar pleads for bail in May 12 Case hearing

KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court issued non-bailable arrest warrants of 15 accused including Kamran Farooqui MPA during May 12 case hearing on Thursday, ARY News reported. "Where were you during the incident on May 12?" The judge asked Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar during he was producted in the case hearing today. Akhtar said he was an advisor of the chief minister and was present at the Governor House. The mayor's counsel Khawaja Naveed in his arguments claimed that SSP Rao Anwar booked his client in 27 cases within a…