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LEGAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

PILAP’s Legal Advisory Committee consists of a group of diverse and exceptional lawyers from across Pakistan. They provide advice on issues and strategy and are available for engagement as counsel in PILAP’s public interest litigation cases.

Ahmad Rafay Alam (Lahore)

Ahmad Rafay Alam is an environmental lawyer specialising in the energy, water, natural resources, and urban infrastructure sectors.  He is a Yale World Fellow and has served as the Chairman Lahore Electric Supply Company and Lahore Waste Management Company, as Vice Chairman of the Punjab Urban Unit and as a Member of the Pakistan Climate Change Council and Punjab Environment Protection Council.  He currently serves as Advisor to Air Quality Asia and as a Member of the Hisaar Foundation Think Tank on the Rational Use of Water.

 

Rafay has successfully represented PILAP in several Environmental Public Interest Litigation cases, including the Ravi River petition (resulting in the Ravi River Commission), the RUDA petition, the petroleum standards petition, amongst others.

 

Fahad Malik (Lahore)

Fahad Malik is an Advocate of the High Courts with expertise in constitutional and environmental laws. Along with his regular practice at his all-service law firm Praxis Legal, Mr. Malik also undertakes strategic public interest litigation, dealing with a host of matters relating to the enforcement of fundamental rights. As an associate consultant to Mr. Abid Hasan Minto, Sr. ASC, he drafted petitions under Art. 184(3) of the Constitution relating to electoral reforms, land reforms, provision of housing to residents of informal settlements and the illegal and unconstitutional reference filed against Justice Qazi Faez Isa. He was appointed a Commission of the court by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to undertake a review of laws

 

related to potable water and conduct site inspections of water filtration plants operating in the Province of Punjab. Mr. Malik has also appeared before the High Courts at Lahore, Islamabad and Sindh in various public interest matters, such as calling in question the constitutionality of the Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project, emergency acquisition of land under the Land Acquisition Act, import of threatened dolphins and laws seeking to curb freedom of speech. Mr. Malik has also undertaken litigation seeking prioritisation of vulnerable road users in urban development projects, as well as seeking mandatory access to public spaces for the differently abled. Mr. Malik has also been appointed as an amicus by the Lahore High Court on numerous occasions, most notably for the smog crisis in 2017 and the interpretation of the Harassment Against Women at the Workplace Act in 2021.

Jalila Haider (Quetta)

Jalila Haider is a legal practitioner and human rights activist from Balochistan. She deals with human rights cases including the right to life, dignity, and liberty of citizens. In recognition of her services for human rights Jalila was named in the BBC’s list of 100 Women in 2019 and received the International Women of Courage award from the United States State Department in 2020. She is a Chevening scholar and has holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights law from the University of Sussex.

Syed Ibrahim (Peshawar)

Ibrahim is a Partner at Ibrahim & Nawaz Advocates & Legal Consultants based in the Firm headquarters at Peshawar, and he handles multifarious litigations before the Peshawar High Court and its various benches, Islamabad High Court, Intellectual Property Tribunal Islamabad, Environment Protection Tribunal Peshawar, Consumer Court Peshawar, Gas Utility Court Peshawar, the Civil & District Courts Peshawar/Mardan, Family Courts & Appellate Tax Tribunals/Forums. He routinely advises and represents Firm clients including Pak Telecom Mobile Limited (Ufone), Pakistan Mobile Communication Limited (Jazz), United States Embassy, Inter Board Committee of Chairmen, Peshawar Electric Supply Company, 

Security Organizing System Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd amongst many others. He also advises and legally represents a significant number of private clients in criminal proceedings to the extent of bail. Ibrahim has previously worked on cases of environmental nature including but not limited to cleaning of city canals, diversion of drainage waste away from water canals and dumping grounds in unacceptable vicinity to human dwellings. Ibrahim has LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Liverpool and has an LLM in International Energy Law and Policy from the University of Stirling, Scotland. He is an Advocate of the High Court and has cumulative experience of more than 6 years including work experience in UK. Before becoming a partner at Ibrahim & Nawaz Advocates & Legal Consultants, Ibrahim has worked as Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Pakistan for almost two (2) years under the supervision of Justice (Retired) Dost Muhammad Khan and worked diligently as Senior Associate at Ali & Ali Advocates & Legal Consultants managing most of the Firm Clientele.

Suleman Zeb (Peshawar)

Suleman an advocate of the High Courts and a graduate from the University of Sussex where he received an LLM in International Human Rights. He has worked on a variety of cases including death penalty matters and Pakistani prisoners repatriated from overseas. He has also worked on corporate litigation with a strong focus in the construction sector, along with various other types of civil and criminal litigation. Suleman has assisted senior counsel in public interest litigation filed on behalf of Pakistani prisoners on death row in the Gulf Region and Iran, along with matters regarding the air pollution i.e. smog in Lahore.

Wasim Abid (Islamabad)

Wasim Abid is a partner at Abid & Khan Law, an Islamabad-based law firm where heads the litigation team. Wasim graduated with a law degree from LUMS in 2011. Thereafter, he joined a prestigious law firm in Islamabad. In 2015 Wasim founded, Abid & Khan Law. Wasim deals with diverse range of cases pertaining different constitutional and administrative law aspects. He actively practices in Islamabad High Court and other judicial and quasi-judicial forums.

Salar Khan (Islamabad)

Salaar is an advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. He has a Masters of Law from Columbia Law School, where he served on the board of the Columbia International Arbitration Association, and a BA-LL.B. (Hons.) from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, where he was President of the student body. He regularly appears in constitutional; commercial; and taxation matters before the High Courts, and has also been appointed amicus curiae by the Islamabad High Court. In addition to representing private persons, Salaar has also represented authorities such as the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, the Frequency Allocation 

Board, and the National Commission for Human Rights. Previously, Salaar worked as an Associate to the Attorney-General for Pakistan. Notable reported cases include the matter of the disqualification of the Prime Minister before the Supreme Court, and proceedings before the Supreme Judicial Council in the matter of a judge of the High Court. He also worked with the international disputes wing on various international arbitrations, including ‘Tethyan Copper’ (Reko Diq) and ‘Karkey Karadeniz’ before the ICSID; and the Kishenganga-Ratle water dispute under the Indus Water Treaty. In addition to his litigation practice Salaar provides advisory and consultancy services to organisations such as the World Bank and the UNFPA,  and has assisted with the drafting of laws and regulations for organisations such as the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

He is a member of the visiting faculty for the University of London’s External LLB Program, where he has taught Public International Law; a self-designed seminar on the Pakistani legal system; and supervised final year dissertations. Salaar writes columns on law and politics for The News, and regularly appears as a legal analyst on national and international media platforms such as BBC World. He is also a member of the Government of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa’s Youth Development Commission.

 

Zubair AHMED ABRO (Karachi)

Legislation drafting drafted a bill to be presented in Provincial Assembly of Sindh on Water Regulatory Framework in Thar Coalfield Area for Sindh Coal Authority. Acted as resource person for stakeholder’s consultation on Non-Muslim Marriage Bill, 2015 tabled in Provincial Assembly of Sindh. Part of team drafting Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)- Multi-Sectoral Action for Nutrition Program UNDP.

PIE Litigation Representing indigenous people of Tharparkar district of Sindh province in Sindh High Court in a Constitution Petition challenging construction of effluent disposal site for a coal power plant by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC); challenged approval of a coal yard in Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) in Sindh Environmental Protection Tribunal, inter alia, on the ground that a coal yard requires EIA approval; Obtained directions from Environmental Protection Tribunal for EPA to maintain registers containing yearly record of all IEE and EIA approvals granted, and to supply copy of the registers to anyone who apply for it; Obtained directions from Environmental Protection Tribunal for EPA to upload all IEE and EIA approvals on website of the EPA; Obtained directions from Environmental Protection Tribunal for EPA to publish public notice of public hearing on EIA in local language newspapers, which EPA was only publishing in English language newspapers; part of the team that filed Constitution Petition for supply of clean water and provision of sanitation in Sindh province in Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Pleading and Conveyancing drafting drafting of pleadings, inter alia, writ petitions, leave to appeal applications, winding-up petitions, plaints, written statements, applications, counter affidavits. Drafting of Build, Operate and Transfer (BOTs), Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs), Agreements; legal opinions, legal notices, and vetting of legal documents.

Assisted the Asian Ombudsman Association (AOA) and the Project Manager for the smooth functioning of the project; coordinated with the member institutions, handling all the correspondence and maintaining the records for delivering the assigned tasks/activities; developed the relevant required material i.e. concept notes, working papers, agendas, presentations, ToRs and progress reports etc. for the studies, research papers, articles and training, study tour, secondments, and workshops; compiled and prepared a final consolidated report on outputs of the activities i.e. studies, research papers, articles and training.