|Chief Minister of Sindh|
|Assumed office |
17 August 2023
|Preceded by||Syed Murad Ali Shah|
|Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan|
17 February 2015 – 4 April 2022
|Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court|
20 September 2013 – 17 February 2015
|Preceded by||Mushir Alam|
|Succeeded by||Faisal Arab|
|Justice of the Sindh High Court|
26 August 2002 – 17 February 2015
|Born||5 April 1957|
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
|Alma mater||University of Karachi|
Maqbool Baqar (Urdu: مقبول باقر) is a Pakistani jurist who has served as the Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court and as a justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He has been the Caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh since 17 August 2023.
Early life and education
He began his judicial career as an advocate in the Sindh High Court (SHC) in May 1981. He was elevated as an Additional Justice of the SHC on 26 August 2002 and was confirmed as a Justice of the SHC on 26 August 2003. He was appointed as the Chief Justice of the SHC on 20 September 2013 after the retirement of the previous Chief Justice, Mushir Alam. Due to his judgements in terrorism cases, Baqar was targeted by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a banned terrorist group, in a bomb explosion on 26 June 2013. Due to injuries suffered in the attack, he had to go through months of rehabilitative surgery. He was elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 17 February 2015.
In the Supreme Court, Baqar wrote many important judgements. One of these judgements was the one for the case of Asif Ali Zardari vs. National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which held that NAB had exceeded its powers in its investigation of former President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. He also wrote the dissenting note in the case of Qazi Faez Isa vs. Federation of Pakistan, where he held that the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa was politically motivated.
On 14 August 2023, Murad Ali Shah, the outgoing Chief Minister of Sindh, and Rana Ansar, the outgoing Leader of the Opposition, both agreed to propose Baqar's name for the position of Caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh. He took oath on 17 August 2023.
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