Justice (R) Wajihuddin Ahmed matriculated from Karachi's Sindh Madrassah, did his BAfrom FC College Lahore and went on to do law from SM Law College Karachi where he also became a lecturer. His father Justice Waheeduddin Ahmed was the Chief Justice of West Pakistan High Court and a Judge of the Supreme Court. He avoided any office, whether elected or appointed, during his father’s tenure as a judge.
From 1977 to 1979 Mr (R) Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed was the Honorary Secretary and then Vice President of the Sindh High Court Bar Association. In 1981 he was elected President of Karachi Bar Association. He was appointed Advocate GeneralSindhin1986 and became a judge in 1988. He became the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court in 1997 and moved to the Supreme Court in 1998.
Justice (R) Wajihuddin Ahmed declined to take oath in January 2000 under the Provisional Constitution Order promulgated by Pervez Musharraf. Being then the youngest judge of the Supreme Court he was poised to become the Chief Justice in the many years of his remaining service. Refusing to take oath he preferred to retire and never accepted, though he was offered, any office under Pervez Musharraf.
He has been the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture and a visiting Professor at the Hamdard School of Law. He also authored a book titled ‘Meezan’ which is a compilation of interviews, speeches and writings and also depicts the authoritarian polity during the Musharraf regime.
In 2007 he was the candidate of the ‘Lawyers Movement’ against Pervez Musharraf for the Presidency and his candidature was supported by the APDM. Fearing that the petition of Justice (R) Ahmed will lead to his disqualification by the Supreme Court, Pervez Musharraf imposed his 2nd Martial Law in November 2007 forcibly retiring all superior court judges and imprisoned more than sixty. Justice (R) Wajihuddin was also arrested during the Lawyer’s Movement and externed from Gujrat. The public pressure resulting from these actions finally forced Musharraf to step down in 2008. Thus while Justice (R) Wajihuddin Ahmed could not win the 2007 election, he definitely paved the way for the exit of Musharraf and the revival of Democracy.
PLD in 1999 described him as a Judge who earned a name for ‘a high degree of proficiency, total integrity, and notable judicial impartiality’. He is therefore the ideal public figure for being President of Pakistan as envisioned in the Charter of Democracy signed by the Opposition parties in 2006.
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