Judge Shahid Jamil Khan Departs Lahore High Tribunal: A Private Choice Enveloped in Enigma

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A Shakeup in the Judiciary: Lahore High Court Judge Resigns

In a recent startling update from our sources, Justice Shahid Jamil Khan of the Lahore High Court tendered his resignation on February 2, 2024. His term was slated to end in April 2028, making his early departure a topic of intense public discourse. This comes on the heels of two other notable resignations from Pakistan’s Supreme Court, namely from Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan.

Resignation for Personal Reasons

Pointing towards personal reasons, Justice Khan, in line with Article 206(1) of the Constitution of Pakistan, decided to step down immediately. Aside from expressing gratitude for having served the court nearly a decade, Justice Khan did not elaborate on the specific factors propelling his abrupt exit. This has fueled intense speculation and intrigue regarding the abrupt wave of top-tier judicial exits witnessed recently across the nation.

Reflecting on a Decade of Service

Born on April 30, 1966, in the city of Lahore, Punjab, Justice Khan completed his early education and acquired a law degree in his hometown. He was a member of both the Lahore High Court Bar Association and the Tax Bar Association, and he also served on the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal. Appointed as an additional judge to the Lahore High Court on March 22, 2014, he served a tenure of about ten years. His remarkable contributions led many to regard him as a potential future Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court.

An Intriguing Future Ahead

The resignation of Justice Khan, submitted to President Dr Arif Alvi, puts an end to an impressive tenure, and also ushers in an intriguing new phase of his life. He is quoted as saying: ‘An ounce of discretion is worth a pound of wit.’ This statement implies a well-thought-out decision, showcasing the wisdom behind his choice, regardless of the air of mystery that surrounds it. The aftermath of his departure remains to be experienced, within the judiciary itself and within the broader socio-political context of the nation.

Elijah Muhammad