LAHORE - Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif has become the 38th Chief Justice of the 125 years old Lahore High Court (LHC0 and is likely to take oath of his office today. Justice Sharif is the senior most judge of the LHC and had he not been sacked through the PCO on November 3,2007, he would have become the CJ on January 1st of the last year in the light of Al-Jihad Trust Case 1996 (popularly known as the Judges Case) after the retirement of then Chief Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry. He would retire on December 8, 2010 at the age of 62. Justice Sharif was restored on March 17 along with Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and others, but he was not made the CJ immediately and he started judicial work as a judge under the outgoing CJ Justice Syed Zahid Hussain, now elevated to the Supreme Court. CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry during his speeches to different bars while he was sacked always called Justice Sharif as the Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court. Justice Sharif remained staunch supporter of the lawyers movement and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and never accepted the governments offers to take fresh oath as some of his deposed colleagues did last year. Justice Sharif was born on 9th December 1948 in Lahore. He belongs to a well-established and well-known religious family (Khawaja Family). His did his masters in Political Science and got a degree in LLB too. He also passed Diplomas in Taxation Law and Labour Law. He commenced practice in legal profession on April 7, 1971 from the office of Khawaja Sultan Ahmad, the most senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and enrolled as an advocate of Lahore High Court, Lahore on May 24,1973. He was elected twice as the president of Lahore Bar Association in 1989 and 1991. During the practice, he wrote seven law books including Motor Accident Claims, Press and Publication Ordinance, Arbitration Act, Company Law, West Pakistan Civil Courts Ordinance, Law of Torts and Manual of Local Bodies Elections Laws with Rules. Throughout his legal profession, he remained very submissive in his attitude and devoted himself to hard work and also for the cause of justice and fair play. He always tried his best to work with honesty and integrity and remained contended with his practice. He carries a strong faith in Allah Almighty and Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) and sought their blessings. He, being the President of Lahore Bar Association, represented Pakistan at the time of formation of SAARC Law Association in Sri Lanka in October 1991. He was one of signatory to the charter of SAARC Law Association at Colombo, Sri Lanka. He also visited Malaysia, Philippines and England in his private capacity and wrote travelogue 'Shakh-e-Nazik Key Aashianey in Urdu. He remained Advocate General Punjab from May 31, 1997 to May 20, 1998 till his elevation as Judge of Lahore High Court during the second term of Mian Nawaz Sharif as prime minister of Pakistan. Being an Advocate General Punjab as also an Advocate, he dispensed numerous famous cases pertaining to constitution, civil, criminal and service, that are reported in the law journals.