Justice Jillani takes oath as new chief justice

Published: December 12, 2013

President Mamnoon Hussain (C) administers the oath to Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani (R) as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (seated L) watches on at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Thursday. PHOTO: PID

President Mamnoon Hussain (C) administers the oath to Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jilani (R) as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (seated L) watches on at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Thursday. PHOTO: PID Express News screengrab of the new Chief Justice of Pakistan Tasadduq Hussain Jillani.

ISLAMABAD: Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani took oath as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) on Thursday, Express News reported.

He will remain in the role of chief justice for six months and 24 days after which Justice Nasirul Mulk will take his place.

Justice Jillani, as his first act as chief justice, said he will take notice of the footage of Justice Chaudhry’s retirement reference being leaked to one media group on December 11. Media was not allowed inside the court during the full court reference held yesterday.

He has also heard seven cases in the court after the oath taking ceremony. The first case he heard pertained to the allotment of plots by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry were among those present at the oath taking ceremony.

The new CJP was working as the acting chief election commissioner and had recently resigned from the post. 

He is nicknamed “the gentleman judge” for his mild manner and is expected to maintain the court’s focus on rights but steer clear of intervening in government policy.

A dapper lover of poetry, antiques and films, Jillani is related to the new ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani and a former prime minister who Chaudhry forced to step down last year.

Reader Comments (19)

  • Zack
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:31AM

    Welcome Sir, for just 6 months.

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  • A reader
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:37AM

    Nice wig. Looks funny.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:38AM

    After the retirement of Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, people of Pakistan are looking towards new Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani to get justice in various applications filed in the lower, high courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan.

    I wish him all the best.Recommend

  • Tyron Lannister
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:53AM

    For god sake, get over this colonial practice….Recently In India, there was a judicial order, where lawyers are hereafter dont have to address judges as lords. I was wondering it just took 60+ years to make this small change.. The whole sub continent is still in british era mentality. be it military practice, education, constitution, rule of law…Im hoping for one sane leader atleast in my country to completely overturn this practice and make a new laws according to our heritage and culture.
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  • AJNABI
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:55AM

    Welcome Sir, & do your duties faithfully

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  • Babar
    Dec 12, 2013 - 12:36PM

    Whats the history behind judges wearing a wig. Any idea?

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  • Khalid
    Dec 12, 2013 - 1:00PM

    I welcome the honourable new Chief Justice. I hope that he shall create a friendly environment in the courts without compromising Justice, which should be administered, transparently,impartially and indiscriminately.

    Nuisance does not serve any purpose but instability, disobidience and reaction. At the same time, I suggest that it would be wrong to place entire responsibility of justice on the shoulder of Mr. Tasaduq, which are beyond his power or not enforceable without support of the Government for example, legislation gaps, provision of court buildings, increasing no. of courts and judges, resources for training of judges and advocates, creation of new registry offices, a reliable alternative dispute resolution system.This is an evolutionary process subject to patience.

    Further, solid initiatives are required to initiate social reforms with the aim to legalize and strengthen alternative dispute resolution systems based on Islamic Principles so that burden on routine courts could be minimized.

    Further, I would add that we should stop debates over the disputed conduct of the predecessor, Mr. Chaudhry. Let us take a new start with a new hope. Wish you Goodluck, Mr. Tasaduq.

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  • Ali
    Dec 12, 2013 - 1:06PM

    I would like to see concrete steps to process pending cases as soon as possible.
    As justice delayed is justice denied.

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  • Aysha M
    Dec 12, 2013 - 1:15PM

    His reading of the oath was certainly impressive

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  • AWA
    Dec 12, 2013 - 1:59PM

    Well said Mr. Khalid, i determine concurrence with your statement

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  • R. Behlim
    Dec 12, 2013 - 2:51PM

    Yar just six months at least he should have been given 9 months to see the results

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  • FACT
    Dec 12, 2013 - 4:16PM

    @R. Behlim:
    He can do a lot for you in six months and you would start reaping after few more months

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  • Ehtasham
    Dec 12, 2013 - 5:33PM

    Well done, both Mr Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and his brother Mr. Jalil Abbas Jillani shall persevere and bring this country to order. Both are very stand up people with an experience in bureaucracy and peace keeping.

    Hats of to govt.

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  • Ali
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:04PM

    Nice Hair!Recommend

  • khan sb
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:41PM

    The golden era of justice Ifthikhar is over and surely there will be no coming back of this period by any incumbent.
    The new chief justice can never be a substitute of justice Ifthikhar, as he surely going to see that Nab drops investigation against Yusuf Raza Jillani

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  • khan sb
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:42PM

    The golden era of justice Ifthikhar is over and surely there will be no coming back of this period by any incumbent.

    The new chief justice can never be a substitute of justice Ifthikhar, as he surely going to see that Nab drops investigation against Yusuf Raza Jillani

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  • Mian Muhammad Ashfaq
    Dec 13, 2013 - 8:13AM

    many many CONGRATULATION on this wonder full occasion.
    Best Regards and Prayers.
    Construction Tech Team

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  • Akbar
    Dec 14, 2013 - 4:51PM

    @Ehtasham:
    Dear sir , mr jalil abbas jilani is nephew of new Chief JusticeRecommend

  • mirza ghulam nabi tahir
    Dec 15, 2013 - 9:41AM

    aoa
    The process of chief justice selection is best of all.
    ALLAH [J&S][Subhana Taala] ham sub ka aur pyaray watan PAKISTAN ka hami-o-nasir ho
    aamin.

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