Pakistan native the Honorable M. Nawaz Wahla is the first Muslim to serve as a Superior Court judge in the State of Connecticut. Judge Wahla grew up in a rural farming village in Pakistan in a large family of nine, managing daily without electricity or running water. He graduated with honors from school and was chosen as a cadet in the Pakistan Military Academy. Following his military graduation in 1974, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Pakistani Artillery Regiment; by day he served as an Army officer, while at night he pursued the law. After suffering life-threatening injuries in the line of duty, he chose to pursue the law full-time and came to the United States along with his wife and family. Judge Wahla holds an LL.B. from the University of Punjab Law College, a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law, an LL.M. from the University of Houston Law Center, and a diploma from the Hague Academy of International Law.