Under Article 224 (1A) of the Constitution, Governor Kamran Tessori approved the nomination of Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar as interim Chief Minister.
The appointment of Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar as caretaker Sindh Chief Minister has been announced by the Sindh Chief Secretary. According to sources, Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar will take the oath of office on August 16.
It is worth noting that Governor Kamran Tessori dissolved the Sindh Assembly on Friday (August 11) on the advice of Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah.
Who is Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar?
Justice Maqbool Baqar is a retired Supreme Court of Pakistan judge. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan, on April 5, 1957. In 1979, he obtained his LLB from the University of Karachi.
In 1981, Justice Baqar started his professional career as an advocate in the Sindh High Court. On August 26, 2002, he was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court. From 2002 to 2015, he was a judge on the Sindh High Court.
On February 17, 2015, he was appointed to Pakistan’s Supreme Court.
Justice Baqar has authored a number of significant decisions, notably the decision in the case of Asif Zardari vs National Accountability Bureau, in which the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) was found to have exceeded its powers in its investigation of former President Asif Zardari.
In the case of Justice Qazi Faez Isa vs. Federation of Pakistan, Justice Baqar filed the dissenting note, which argued that the presidential reference against Justice Isa was politically motivated.