Islamabad (Staff Report): The caretaker government has appointed Barrister Khalid Jawed Khan as Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP).
Khan obtained his LLB degree from London University, BCL (bachelor of civil law) degree from Oxford University, LLM from Harvard University and completed his bar-at-law from Lincoln’s Inn.
He enrolled as advocate high court in 1991 and became an advocate of the Supreme Court in 2004. His father, Prof N D Khan, is a seasoned politician associated with the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) for a long time.
Khan served as legal adviser to AGP and, in this capacity, advised Benazir Bhutto during her second tenure (1993-1996) as prime minister.
On Wednesday, AGP Syed Ashtar Ausaf Ali tendered his resignation from the post. Ali sent his resignation to President Mamnoon Hussain.
The news comes hours after the Punjab caretaker government removed Asma Hamid from the post of advocate general of the province.
According to sources, Additional Advocate General Muhammad Shan Gul has been given the additional charge of advocate general Punjab while Imtiaz Siddiqui is likely to fill the post.
Former Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif had appointed Hamid to the post of advocate general Punjab on May 29, two days before the then government’s tenure ended, making her the first lady to be appointed to the slot.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had opposed Hamid’s appointment saying her family was being rewarded for having personal ties with the Sharif family; she is the relative of former law minister Zahid Hamid.
The PTI had expressed its reservations in a letter to the chief election commissioner and caretaker Punjab chief minister.