ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday confirmed the appointment of Barrister Khalid Jawed Khan as the new attorney general for Pakistan, a day after his predecessor Anwar Mansoor Khan resigned from his post after his controversial remarks against the judiciary stirred controversy.
While Khan claimed that he had decided to quit on his own in compliance with the demand of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), the Law Ministry said he was asked to do so. Earlier on Friday, he submitted a written apology to the apex court.
According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Ministry of Law and Justice has been directed to move a summary for his appointment.
Jawed is the son of Nabi Daad Khan alias ND Khan — a senior politician who also served as the law minister during the second government of the Pakistan People’s Party.
He enrolled as a high court advocate in 1991 and became an advocate of the Supreme Court in 2004. He served as a legal adviser to the attorney general for Pakistan and, in this capacity, advised Benazir Bhutto during her second tenure (1993-1996) as prime minister.
Jawed 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.
Jawed is a senior advocate who has appeared before the Supreme Court in a number of cases and also served as Advocate General for Sindh in 2013 as well as a member of the Privatisation Commission of Pakistan from 1995 to 1996.
He also served in the office of the attorney general during the tenure of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.