MR. JUSTICE QAZI FAEZ ISA
CHIEF JUSTICE OF BALOCHISTAN HIGH COURT
Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa was born on October 26, 1959 in Quetta. Belonging to a distinguished family from Pi shin, he is the son of the late Qazi Mohammad Isa, who was in the forefront of the Pakistan Movement, and grandson of Qazi Jalaluddin, Prime Minister of Kalat State, prior to Independence. His mother Begum Saida Isa was a dedicated social worker and worked in an honorary capacity on the Boards of hospitals and other charitable organizations.
Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa completed his primary and secondary education in Quetta, “0” & “A” levels KGS, Karachi and went on to do B.A. Honours in Law, London. Completing his BAR Professional Examination from the Inns of Court School of Law, London, he was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple, 1982).
Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa after doing his Bar-at-Law enrolled as an Advocate of the Balochistan High Court and became an Advocate Supreme Court from Balochistan. Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa practiced law for over 27 years before all the High Courts of Pakistan, the Federal Shari at Court, and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He was a member of the Balochistan High Court Bar Association, Sindh High Court Bar Association and Life Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan. Before his elevation he was a senior partner and head of litigation in one of Pakistan's leading Law Firms.
In his capacity as Counsel, Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa, was called upon by the High Courts and the Supreme Court as amicus curiae, and rendered assistance in certain complicated cases. He has also conducted international arbitrations. Innumerable cases, in which he appeared as Counsel, have been reported in law journals; public interest litigation cases, included when he successfully assailed the special laws applicable in Balochistan (Ordinance I & llof1968) on behalf of the Balochistan Bar Association (PLD1991 Quetta 7). In the petition filed in the Balochistan High Court with regard to the violation of Quetta Building Code, the High Court directed the implementation of the Quetta Building Code to ensure against death and destruction in times of earthquake (PLD 1997 Quetta 1).
He served in an honorary capacity as a Director on the Board of Directors of one of the leading banks in Pakistan, Member of the Policy Board of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and Member of the Quaid Mazar Management Board.
Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa served as consultant on a World Bank project and prepared "Report on the Legal Aspects of Acquisition of Land for the Proposed Karachi Mass Transit Project". He was the legal expert on the "Promotion of Private Sector Participation in Highway Financing, Construction and Operation", and was the legal and environment consultant with regard to a study on "Balochistan Groundwater Resources Reassessment"; sponsored by the Asian Development Bank. He was also part of the consortium engaged by the World Bank to provide services in respect of "Technical Assistance for the Preparation and Implementation of Private Sector Participation in the Karachi Water Supply and Sewerage Sector".
Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa was a professor on the 'Constitution of Pakistan and the Constitutional History of the Sub Continent' at Islamia Law College, University of Karachi (till 1994). He jointly wrote and compiled a book on 'Mass Media Laws and Regulations in Pakistan' published by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Singapore which was the first book on the subject. He wrote a booklet entitled, 'Baluchistan, Case and Demand', published by PILDAT, 2007. He has also written extensively on law, environment, Islam, heritage, Balochistan and the Constitution.
Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa did not appear before judges who had violated their oath in the aftermath of the proclamation of emergency of November 3, 2007. After the epic Judgment of the Hon'ble Supreme Court rendered on July 31, 2007, that declared the action of November 3, 2007 unconstitutional and illegal, all the then judges of the Balochistan High Court tendered their resignations. Under such circumstances Mr. Justice Qazi Faez Isa was called upon to serve the Province of Balochistan and was elevated to the position of Chief Justice of Balochistan on August 5, 2009.