Islamabad High Court

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Islamabad High Court
اسلام آباد ہائی کورٹ
Established2010 (13 years ago) (2010)
JurisdictionIslamabad Capital Territory
LocationConstitution Avenue, Sector G-5/1, Islamabad
Composition methodPresidential appointment on Judicial Commission recommendation
Authorized byConstitution of Pakistan
Appeals toSupreme Court of Pakistan
Appeals fromIslamabad District Courts
Judge term lengthUntil 62 years of age
Number of positions10
Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court
CurrentlyAamer Farooq
Since11 November 2022

The Islamabad High Court is the senior court of the Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan, with appellate jurisdiction over the following district courts:[1]

  • Islamabad District Court (East)
  • Islamabad District Court (West)[2]

Justice Aamer Farooq is the current Chief Justice, having taken oath on 11 November 2022.[3]


The Court was originally established on 14 August 2007 by Presidential Order of Pervez Musharraf, the military ruler at the time. The Court ceased to exist on 31 July 2009 by a decision of the Supreme Court of Pakistan following Constitution Petition No. 09 and 08 of 2009.[4]

The Court was re-established by the Islamabad High Court Act, 2010[5] following the 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan. President Asif Ali Zardari administered the oath to the first Chief Justice, Iqbal Hameed ur Rahman on 3 January 2011 at the Governor's House, Karachi.[6]

Current composition[edit]

The Islamabad High Court is headed by a Chief Justice. The bench consists of six Justices and additional judges. The mandatory retirement age of the Chief Justice and Justices is 62 years. The Additional Judges were initially appointed for one year. After that, their services could either be extended or they could be confirmed or they were retired. The current composition of the High Court is as follows:

No. Name Appointed Retirement Date Appointed From Comments
1 Aamer Farooq 1 January 2015 25 April 2031 Punjab Took oath as the 6th Chief Justice on 11 November 2022[3]
2 Mohsin Akhtar Kayani 23 December 2015 10 February 2032 Islamabad
3 Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb 24 December 2015 13 September 2032 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
4 Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri 30 December 2020 9 July 2027 Islamabad
5 Babar Sattar 30 December 2020
6 Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan 17 December 2021 Islamabad
7 Arbab Muhammad Tahir 17 December 2021
8 Saman Rafat Imtiaz 17 December 2021 7 June 2038 Sindh
9 Vacant
10 Vacant

List of former chief justices[edit]

No. Name Date of appointment
1 Sardar Muhammad Aslam 9 February 2008
2 M. Bilal Khan 9 March 2009
3 Iqbal Hameed Ur Rahman 3 January 2011
4 Muhammad Anwar Khan Kasi 4 January 2011
5 Athar Minallah 28 November 2018


Sardar Tahir Sabir, Judge is appointed as Registrar Islamabad High Court on 30th September, 2022.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bashir, Saqib (1 January 2021). "Islamabad High Court slaps Rs10m fine on secretaries, others". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  2. ^ "PTA Informs Islamabad High Court Regarding the Status of Social Media Firms". PhoneWorld. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b Asad, Malik (12 November 2022). "Three SC judges, IHC chief justice take oath". Dawn. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Text of Supreme Court judgment". Dawn. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  5. ^ "The Gazette of Pakistan" (PDF). Senate of Pakistan. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  6. ^ "IHC Chief Justice to take oath today". AAJ News. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2019.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Islamabad High Court:". Retrieved 5 April 2023.

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