Nine more SHC judges sworn in
By Tahir Siddiqui
KARACHI: The number of Sindh High Court judges rose to 27 on Thursday when nine additional judges were administered the oath by Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany.
Justices Nisar Muhammad Shaikh, Syed Zakir Hussain, Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi, Salman Hamid, Zahid Hamid, Muhammad Tasnim, Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Imam Bux Baloch and Abdul Hadi Khoso were sworn in at a ceremony held at the high court.
SHC judges, Advocate-General Yousuf Leghari, Sindh Prosecutor-General Shahadat Awan, SHC Bar Association President Rasheed A. Razvi, Karachi Bar Association President Mehmoodul Hassan, senior lawyers and federal and provincial law officers attended the ceremony.
Justice Nisar Muhammad Shaikh, a district and sessions judge, was registrar of the high court and Justice Syed Zakir Hussain district and sessions judge in Thatta before their elevation to the high court.Justice Shaikh had previously served as a district and sessions judge in Karachi besides heading the provincial anti-corruption court. Justice Zakir Hussain also headed an anti-terrorism court in Karachi.
The other seven judges were senior practising lawyers, five of them belonging to Karachi and the other two hailing from the interior of Sindh, according to sources.
The sources said that Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi (born in 1962) was enrolled with the Sindh Bar Council from Karachi (south) in 1990, Justice Salman Hamid (born in 1963) from Karachi (east) in 1993, Justice Zahid Hamid (born in 1951) from Karachi (south) in 1976, Muhammad Tasnim (born in 1956) from Karachi (east) in 1989, Muhammad Ali Mazhar (born in 1964) from Karachi (east) in 1992, Imam Bux Baloch (born in 1952) from Sanghar, and Abdul Hadi Khoso (born in 1950) was enrolled with the PBC in 1984.