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Asad Rahim Khan is a barrister and writer based in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a partner at Ashtar Ali LLP, where he focuses on constitutional law, commercial litigation, and international arbitration. He has been appointed amicus curiae by the Lahore High Court on constitutional matters.

In 2021, he represented Punjab’s local governments seeking to serve out their complete tenure after being unlawfully dissolved. He also represented a Pakistan-based consortium in settlement proceedings of the Reko Diq investment dispute. In 2020, he was included in the Prime Minister’s Working Group of Experts on international investment treaty reforms.

He has previously represented the Office of the Attorney-General, where he helped draft the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, merging the Federally Administered Tribal Areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He also assisted the federation before the Supreme Court of Pakistan in securing convictions in the APS Peshawar and Parade Lane terrorist attacks, as well as reversing Bahria Town’s encroachment of forestland in Takht Pari. He was involved in the Panama Papers and lifetime disqualification cases, and assisted the AG before the Supreme Judicial Council.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member at LUMS, where he teaches constitutional law; he is also an op-ed columnist for Dawn, and his writing has appeared in Newsline, Herald, and the Express Tribune. He read law at the London School of Economics, and was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn. Before entering practice, he clerked for Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah at the Lahore High Court.

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