Mr. Justice M. Tabassum Aftab Alvi, Hon’ble Chief Justice of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir High Court and Shariat Court was born on February 20th, 1958 at village Sanghar Rawali, of District Bagh. He did his Matriculation from Government High School Mohri Furman Shah in 1975. He joined Hussain Shaheed Govt. Degree College Rawalakot and passed B.A. examination in 1980, from Punjab University, Lahore, in the year, 1979. He acquired Degree of LL.B. from University of Karachi, in the year 1983. He did his Master of Law (LL.M.) from the University of Karachi, in 1988. After appearing in final examination of Bachelor of Law, he joined office of a famous jurist and senior Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan practicing at Karachi, Mr. S.S. Sheikh, in 1983. He was admitted on the role of Sindh Bar Council, on May 22nd 1984. After enrolment, he joined the office of Mr. Usman Ghani Rashed, former Advocate General Sindh an outstanding Honorary Professor of Government S.M. Law College Karachi, in December, 1984. He was enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Sindh, on June 19th, 1986.
On the inspiration of Mr. Justice Raja Muhammad Khursheed Khan and Mr. Justice Sardar Said Muhammad Khan, former Chief Justices of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, he shifted from Karachi to Muzaffarabad on March 11th, 1988.He was enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on April 11th, 1988. He was enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir, on September 1st, 1988. He was also enrolled as an Advocate of the Lahore High Court, on the role of Punjab Bar Council, Lahore, on January 28th, 2003. He, on the request of late Mr. Muhammad Mumtaz Abbasi, Administrator Kashmir Law College, Muzaffarabad and late Mr. Justice Raja Muhammad Akram Khan, Principal, joined Kashmir Law College, as Honorary part time Professor on January 1st, 1989 and taught in the aforesaid College for about 14 years. He had also taught in the University Law College Muzaffarabad, from the years 2002 to 2004.
He remained unopposed Finance Secretary of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Supreme Court Bar Association, for several times. He was also elected for three terms as Secretary General of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Supreme Court Bar Association, since February 16th, 2002 to May 5th, 2006. He remained member of Karachi Bar Association and Sindh Bar Council. He is lifetime member of Lahore High Court, Rawalpindi Bench, and Punjab Bar Council. He is also lifetime member of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Bar Council and member of Central Bar Association, Muzaffarabad.
He practiced for about 23 years in the Azad Jammu & Kashmir High Court and Supreme Court, mostly on constitutional side and in service matters besides conducting numerous cases in criminal and civil matters. Approximately 400 cases conducted by him in the Azad Jammu & Kashmir Service Tribunal, High Court, Shariat Court and Supreme Court have been reported in different leading journals of Pakistan. He conducted large number of civil, criminal, service and constitutional cases before subordinate Courts of Karachi, Sindh High Court at Karachi and Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench. On a number of occasions, he was invited by the High Court and the Supreme Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir to assist the said Courts as an amicus curiae. He elevated to Bench on February 24th, 2011 and took oath on February 25th, 2011. He was also granted an Additional Charge of Judge, Shariat Court vide Government Notification No. LD/AD/206-20/2015 dated 13th February 2015.
Also Served as Member Labour Appellate Tribunal and Chairman Enrollment Committee. His Lordship also served as Chairman Board of Governers of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Press Foundation, Chairman Azad Jammu & Kashmir Subordinate Judiciary Service Tribunal and Multiple Judge.
He was elevated as Chief Justice of the High Court of Azad Jammu and Kahsmir on 3rd April 2017 and Chief Justice of the Shariat Court of Azad Jammu & Kashmir on 5th April 2017 and took oath on 5th April, 2017 respectively.