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Akram Sheikh

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Profile
Mr. Mohd Akram Sheikh is a Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan. He graduated with an LL.B from one of the most prestigious educational institutions: Foreman Christian College, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan in 1970. He subsequently attained postgraduate studies from Punjab University in 1972.
To enhance his education, he then went to England and spent a year to complete his postgraduate studies at the Queens' Mary College, University of London, London.

He started his legal career in 1973 and was elected as Secretary General of the District Bar Association, Sahiwal in 1974. In recognition of his services to the Bar; and the Bench, he has been honored by his fellow members and was one of the youngest ever elected Members of the highly respected representative body of lawyer's i.e. Punjab Bar Council, 1978-1990.

He was elected head of the Punjab Bar Council in 1985 and also served as President of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, Multan (1988-89).

Throughout his legal career, Mr. Sheikh has been involved in various critical cases which effected major changes in various areas of law such as Constitutional and Human Rights matters. He won the national and international admiration when he acted before the Supreme Court (1988-1990) in a famous case pertaining to "determination of the powers and relations between the Federal Government & the Province of the Punjab".

He has introduced the provincial banking system, independent of the Federal regulatory system, which later resulted in the formation of one of the most successful banks, The Punjab Bank, Khyber Bank and other Banks.

He has conducted the first case of floor crossing before the Supreme Court of Pakistan in (1989) and later, in 1993 acted as Senior Counsel in the famous case of "Dissolution of the National Assembly".

Mr. Sheikh successfully challenged the establishment of Military Courts to try civilians on charges under anti terrorist laws in 1998 and has been a counsel in almost all landmark Constitutional cases.

He has always been a very vocal Member of the Bar - fighting for Human Rights, rights of women and Independence of Judiciary. The "blind girl" (Safia Bibi) case conducted by him in 1983 which won him international acclaim.

He has always been criticizing appointment of Judges on political basis and in violation of the principles of seniority and due to his very vocal criticism he has had to face contempt charges.

He has held numerous national and international positions including Member of Pakistan Bar Council for more than a decade and its Chief Executive for one year: President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan from 1995-97, Ambassador at Large (with the status of Federal Minister), and Roving Ambassador of Pakistan. He has also represented Pakistan in the United Nations Human Rights Sub Commission on "Prevention of Discrimination & Protection of Minorities" in 1997.
 
 
 
 
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