Legal Services in Pakistan
Zulfikar Khalid Maluka, Supreme Court of Pakistan

Zulfikar Khalid Maluka is the senior practicing Attorney of an Islamabad-based Law Firm Josh & Mak International. The Firm works in the jurisdiction of Supreme Court of Pakistan, the Lahore High Court, Peshawar High Court and the Federal Shariat Court, as well as internationally. Mr. Maluka started his legal career from the Lahore High Court, Bench at Multan, and later on shifted to Islamabad in 1992. At present, he is a member of the District Bar Association, Islamabad, and member of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Islamabad. He contested the 2008-09 election to the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and was elected Additional Secretary-Supreme Court Bar Association.With an LL.B. from the Punjab University, Lahore, Mr. Maluka has Master’s degree in International Relations from the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, where he taught international law and politics for about three years in the 1980s. He attended courses in international law and politics at the Australian National University, Canberra and the Institute of International Studies, Geneva University. Professional and teaching experience notwithstanding, Mr. Maluka worked as a Research Fellow at the Islamabad-based Institute of Regional Studies and the National Institute of Historical and Cultural Research in the 1980s.

On the basis of his specialization in Pakistan’s Constitutional and legal matters, problems of constitutionalism, federalism and electoral laws, the services of Mr. Maluka were hired by the Government of Pakistan on a part time basis to review and amend the country’s statutory laws. He worked as a Constitutional and Legal Consultant to National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB) from November 2000 – December 2001.

 

Mr. Maluka’s legal services were hired by the Asian Development Bank for about six months in the year 2004 for the Bank’s programme of Social Protection Strategy relating to Pakistan. Mr. Maluka worked and formulated his report on the legal side of such strategy.

 Zulfikar Khalid Maluka is the author of: The Myth of Constitutionalism in Pakistan(Oxford University Press,1995); Pakistan in the Pamir Knot-Geostrategic Imperatives( Vanguard Books, 1985)& Pakistan–China Security Relations(Progressive Publishers, 1987)  Maluka’s 45 papers on international and regional politics have been published in nine different countries of the World. He contributed a major paper i.e. “Restructuring the Constitution for a COAS President: Pakistan, 1999-2002” in a book: Pakistan on the Brink: Politcs, Economics, and Society(Oxford University Press, 2004), edited. by Craig Baxter).

Zulfikar Khalid Maluka attended one week course on the Ecology of Asia-Pacific Region in August 1993, held at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. He was invited and attended a three-day Conference 21-23 June, 2002, in Colombo – Sri Lanka, organized by the International Centre for Ethic Studies, Kandy in collaboration with the Ford Foundation. The theme of the Conference was Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia. He wrote and presented a paper on “Pakistan: The Heritage of Electoral Process and Obsolescence of Statutory Framework” The paper has been published in Ethnic Studies Report(2002).

Zulfikar Khalid Maluka attended one week course on the Ecology of Asia Pacific Region in August 1993, held at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

Mr. Maluka was invited and attended a three-day Conference 21-23 June, 2002, in Colombo – Sri Lanka, organized by the International Centre for Ethic Studies, Kandy in collaboration with the Ford Foundation. The theme of the Conference was Electoral Processes and Governance in South Asia. He wrote and presented a paper on “Pakistan: The Heritage of Electoral Process and Obsolescence of Statutory Framework”.

Mr. Maluka participated in a three-day Peace Conference organized by Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan, 29-31 March, 2002, in Islamabad. The theme of the Conference as to effect peace in Pakistan and in the region through peaceful and legal mechanisms.

Mr. Maluka attended a two-day Conference (30-31 March, 1998) organized by the International Bar Association (London) in co-operation with the Pakistan Bar Council (Islamabad) in Lahore. This conference focused on the judicial activism, the threats to human rights, the rising dilemma of terrorism and the role lawyers and judiciary can play in promoting and protecting the rule of law.

At present, he is a member of the District Bar Association, Islamabad, and member of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association, Islamabad. He contested the 2008-09 election to the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and was elected Additional Secretary-Supreme Court Bar Association.