Photograph courtesy Azhar Jafri

Asad is a barrister and Advocate of the High Courts. He works as a partner at Ashtar Ali LLP, and focuses on litigation, international arbitration, and constitutional law. He has appeared before the Lahore, Islamabad, and Peshawar High Courts, as well as acted for Pakistan before the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the ICC International Court of Arbitration. 

Asad previously represented the Office of the Attorney-General, assisting the federation before the Supreme Court of Pakistan in cases involving the sentences of APS Peshawar and Parade Lane terror convicts, the Panama Papers, and the Supreme Judicial Council. He also assisted the Attorney-General with drafting what would be passed as the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, and coordinated the Treaty Implementation Cell, which honours Pakistan’s international legal obligations. He is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Prior to practice, Asad served as law clerk to Honourable Justices Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Ijaz ul-Ahsan at the Lahore High Court. A columnist for Dawn, Pakistan’s oldest English-language newspaper, his writing has also appeared in HeraldNewsline and the Express Tribune.