Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed is a retired senior justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, human rights activist, and former professor of law at the Sindh Muslim Law College. He is the son of highly-reputed Chief Justice of West
Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed is a retired senior justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, human rights activist, and former professor of law at the Sindh Muslim Law College. He is the son of highly-reputed Chief Justice of West Pakistan High Court and Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Waheeduddin Ahmed,
Justice Wajihuddin, Prior to elevated, as Senior Justice of the Supreme Court briefly served as the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court from 1998 until refusing to take oath in opposition to martial law in 1999. He remained a strong critic of President Pervez Musharraf, eventually taking up a leading role in Lawyer's movement in 2007 to oppose President Musharraf.
Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed was born on 1 December 1938. He matriculated from Karachi's Sindh-Madrasa-tul-Islam and did his BA at Forman Christian College University, Lahore. He then went on to Sindh Muslim College to read law where he gained an Honours Degree. After his law graduation He enrolled as an advocate of the Sindh High Court and remained Lecturer at the SM Law College for LLB and LLM classes.
He was consecutively elected as president Sindh High Court Bar Association unopposed in 1977 and 1978 and elected President of Karachi Bar association in 1981. Advocate Wajih was appointed Standing Council for Federal Government in 1984 and Advocate General Sindh on 19 November 1986 and was elevated to the Bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) as a Judge in 1988. He became the Chief Justice of the SHC from 5 November 1997 to 4 May 1998 and moved to the Supreme Court in 1998. During his tenure as Chief Justice SHC, most sou moto actions were taken.
He acted as Returning Officer during 1997 Presidential Elections and then appeared as presidential candidate against Musharraf in 2007. Since 2011, he has been active in national politics through Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and is currently a forerunner on PTI platform for the presidential election 2013.
He is deeply involved in human rights issues and judicial education, and has spent much of his private time since retirement on dealing with constitutional concerns. He is the most-invited constitutional expert by television channels in Pakistan.
He was very vocal against the martial law, ever since it was imposed by the military regime in Pakistan. He was not arrested at the start (Nov 3, 2007), but later on Nov 21, 2007 he was arrested, and taken to an unknown location. However, he was released after a while.