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Asad Rahim Khan is a barrister and Advocate of the High Courts based in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a partner at Ashtar Ali LLP, where he focuses on constitutional law, commercial litigation, and international arbitration. He regularly appears in courts across Pakistan, and 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 $6 billion Reko Diq investment dispute. In 2020, he was included in the Prime Minister’s Working Group of Experts on international investment treaty reforms.

He previously represented the Office of the Attorney-General from 2016 to 2018, where he assisted with drafting 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 Attorney-General before the Supreme Judicial Council.

He is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, where he teaches constitutional law. He is an op-ed columnist for Dawn; his writing has also appeared in HeraldNewsline, and the Express Tribune.

He holds an LLB (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn. Before entering practice, he clerked for Justices Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and Ijaz-ul-Ahsan at the Lahore High Court.

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