His Lordship Asif Saeed Khan Khosa
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa was born in a distinguished family of well-educated bureaucrats and jurists on 21st December 1954 in Dera Ghazi Khan.
A topper throughout his academic life and a recipient of National Talent Scholarship in his Matriculation from Multan (1969), Intermediate from Government College Lahore (1971), and his Bachelors University of Punjab (1973). After his graduation with distinction, Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa did his Masters in English Literature from the University of Punjab in 1975, after which he went on to his Tripos-I from Queen’s College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom in 1977. Following successful completion of Tripos-I, Justice Khosa did his LL.M in 1978 with specialization in Public International Law in the subjects of the Law of Peace, the Law of War and Armed Conflict, the Law of International Institutions and the Law of Civil Liberties, from the same Queen’s College, University of Cambridge in UK. Later, he was called to the Bar on 26th July, 1979, at the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn, London.
Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa was enrolled as Advocate Lahore High Court Lahore in 1979, upon his return from UK. He was later enrolled as Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1985. As a young Advocate, Justice Khosa established his name as an illustrious lawyer by representing hundreds of important cases regarding matters of constitutional, criminal, civil, revenue, service, and electoral laws in the Supreme Court and High Court. He has over 600 cases reported cases to his credit. As member of the Bar, Justice Khosa has also served as Member of the Library Committee and as Member of the Executive Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, Lahore.
On May 21, 1998, Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa was elevated to the Bench and appointed as a Judge of the Lahore High Court, Lahore. On February 18, 2010, Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa was later appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, where he continues to serve to date. The Hon’ble Justice has decided over fifty thousand cases over a period of almost two decades.
Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa’s passion for literature, learning and academic pursuits has always prompted him to take out time from his very busy professional life and to read, teach, and write. His articles and research papers on a variety of key constitutional, legal and legislative issues have been published in a number of law journals, major law reports and newspapers of the country.
Prior to having been elevated to the Bench, Justice Khosa has been a part-time lecturer and a visiting lecturer in some of the distinguished educational and training institutions including Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Punjab University Law College, Lahore. He has been a visiting lecturer of Constitutional Law at the Civil Services Academy, Lahore; National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA), Lahore; National Police Academy, Islamabad; Staff Training Institute of the Services and General Administration Department of the Government of the Punjab; Training Course for Civil Judges conducted by the Lahore High Court, Lahore; and the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa’s illustrious career has won him many distinctions. Some of these are enlisted below:
1. Founding member of the SAARCLAW;
2. 2016 – todate: Chairman Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan;
3. 2015 – todate: Member of the Supreme Judicial Council of Pakistan;
4. 2015 – todate: Member Judicial Commission of Pakistan;
5. 2008 – todate: Elected member of the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute, Halifax, Canada;
6. 2015 – 17.01.2019: One of the two member Administrative Committee of Federal Judicial Academy;
Hon’ble Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has participated and addressed countless significant high profile conferences, seminars and symposia at the national and international level on topical issues pertaining to justice and legal sector.