Thursday, August 17, 2023

Who is Justice Baqar?

Justice Baqar is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan who has recently taken oath as the caretaker chief minister of Sindh¹²³. He was born on April 5, 1957, in Karachi, Pakistan. He received his LLB degree from the University of Karachi in 1979. Justice Baqar began his legal career as an advocate in the Sindh High Court in 1981⁵.

He served as an additional judge of the Sindh High Court from 2002 to 2003, and then as a permanent judge until 2015, when he was elevated to the Supreme Court⁴⁵. He retired from the apex court in April 2022⁴. He is known for his brave and excellent judgments in terrorism cases, which earned him the wrath of some terrorist outfits. He survived a bomb attack by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in June 2013, which injured him and several others⁴.

He is also known for his critique of the judiciary and its flaws. He has highlighted the issues of delays, pendency, corruption, nepotism, and merit in the judicial system on various occasions⁴. He has also delivered notable judgments in cases such as the Baldia factory fire, which resulted in the largest compensation to the victims of the arson incident⁴.

He is widely respected for his integrity, honesty, and professionalism. He has been appointed as the interim chief minister of Sindh by consensus between the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party and the opposition Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan¹²³. He will oversee the provincial affairs until the next general elections are held.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 8/18/2023
(1) Retired Justice Maqbool Baqar takes oath as caretaker Sindh CM. https://www.radio.gov.pk/17-08-2023/retired-justice-maqbool-baqar-takes-oath-as-caretaker-sindh-cm.
(2) Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar sworn in as Sindh caretaker CM. https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/1101142-justice-retd-maqbool-baqar-takes-oath-as-interim-sindh-cm.
(3) Baqar sworn in as interim Sindh CM. https://www.brecorder.com/news/40258543.
(4) Justice (retd) Baqar takes oath as interim Sindh CM. https://gnnhd.tv/news/23846/justice-retd-baqar-takes-oath-as-interim-sindh-cm.
(5) Interim CM-designate: Who is Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar? - Geo.tv. https://www.geo.tv/latest/505052-who-is-justice-retd-maqbool-baqar.

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