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Maliha Zia

Added on: Jul 03, 2018

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2019

Legal Aid Society has in Sindh, Pakistan with the primary objective to listening to the voices of the vulnerable and disempowered within the legal system and and tackling present day challenges.

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) is a not for profit organization registered on 19th November 2013, as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. LAS currently has offices in 7 districts of Sindh and has worked nationally with different partners, including the judicial academies in Sindh, Punjab and at the federal level.

LAS’s interventions have been based on listening to the voices of the vulnerable and disempowered within the legal system and combine their needs with the values of equity, fairness and inclusion to change the way the organization and justice system views and tackles present day challenges facing the attainment of justice in our society.

The organization adopts a two-pronged approach within the larger framework of access to justice in Pakistan. The first aspect of programming is to provide direct assistance on a case by case and individualized basis through provision of legal representation; akin to plugging in gaps in the provision of legal aid. The second aspect of programming is aimed at systems level repair through the legal empowerment approach which seeks to increase knowledge of law amongst common users for effectuating more access and change within the surrounding legal ecosystem.


Hira Saleem

A lawyer, researcher and a lecturer with over 5 years of experience in legal empowerment and human rights. The Legal Aid Society is a not for profit non-governmental organization which was registered on the 19th of November, 2013 under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid, former Chief Justice of Sindh and former Supreme Court Judge, founded the organization with the main objective of serving marginalized and underprivileged communities to reduce challenges in accessing justice. Over the last five years of operations, LAS has spread its operations to 13 judicial districts in the province of Sindh. The head office is situated in Karachi and operations are conducted through 6 district offices located in Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana, Khairpur, Sanghar, Shaheed Benazirabad. In the short span since its inception it has gained recognition regionally and internationally as one of the key professional organizations working in the domains of law, justice and development.


Maleeha Azhar

My name is Maleeha Azhar, working in the development sector from last 8 years. By Education, I am a Software Engineer. The willingness or say strive to do something for disempowered and vulnerable people drawn me to this field. My expertise is in Management and Operations and from 2014, I am working with the Legal Aid Society as their Program Manager and playing my role to make people Legally Empowered in the prisons and as well as in the communities. I am here to learn more about Legal Empowerment and as well as to inform about my organization's work.


Maliha Zia

I have been working as a human rights activist in Pakistan for a number of years. My area of specialization is violence against women, the law and the justice system, After practicing law and working with a number of different organisations, I now work with Legal Aid Society in Karachi, Pakistan as Associate Director. As part of my work, one of the main objectives has always been legal empowerment of vulnerable groups, particularly women. My work has primarily been on the policy side, but my increasing focus has been on community awareness and empowerment. I hope that through this network, I'll learn more about techniques, tools and successes from other members and the network, which will help me in improving my work.