Islamabad High Court

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Islamabad High Court
اسلام آباد ہائی کورٹ
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Established2010 (12 years ago) (2010)
JurisdictionIslamabad Capital Territory
LocationBela Road, Sector G-10/1, 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
CurrentlyAthar Minallah

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]


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.[3]

The Court was re-established by the Islamabad High Court Act, 2010[4] 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).[5]


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 Athar Minallah 17 June 2014 12 December 2023 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Appointed as Chief Justice on 28 November 2018.
2 Aamer Farooq 1 January 2015 25 April 2031 Punjab Senior puisne judge
3 Mohsin Akhtar Kayani 23 December 2015 10 February 2032 Islamabad
4 Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb 24 December 2015 13 September 2032 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
5 Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri 30 December 2020 9 July 2027 Islamabad
6 Babar Sattar 30 December 2020
7 Sardar Ejaz Ishaq Khan 17 December 2021 Islamabad Appointed as an additional judge for one year
8 Arbab Muhammad Tahir 17 December 2021 Appointed as an additional judge for one year
9 Saman Rafat Imtiaz 17 December 2021 7 June 2038 Sindh Appointed as an additional judge for one year, retirement date is subjected to confirmation
10 Vacant

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Islamabad High Court slaps Rs10m fine on secretaries, others". The Express Tribune. 1 January 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  2. ^ "PTA Informs Islamabad High Court Regarding the Status of Social Media Firms". PhoneWorld. 6 January 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Text of Supreme Court judgment". Pakistan Herald Publication (Pvt.) Ltd. 1 August 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  4. ^ "The Gazette of Pakistan" (PDF). Senate of Pakistan. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  5. ^ "IHC Chief Justice to take oath today". AAJ News. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2019.

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