ISLAMABAD: Senior judge of the Supreme Court (SC) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar was appointed Wednesday as next Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Justice Nisar will take charge as chief justice of the apex court on December 31, a notification issued by the Law Ministry said. Sources said the notification has been issued after approval from President Mamnoon Hussain.
Justice Nisar will replace Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who is set to retire on December 30.
In April this year, the senior SC judge took oath as the acting Chief Justice of Pakistan in Islamabad, on the account of CJP Anwar Zaheer Jamali’s seven-day official visit to Turkey.
Justice Nisar was born in January, 1954 in Lahore and passed his matriculation from Cathedral High School, Lahore. He completed his Bachelor of Law from University of Punjab in 1980 and joined legal profession as an advocate in May 1980.
The justice was enrolled as advocate of the High Court in 1982 and as advocate of Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1994. He was elevated as the judge of the High Court in 1998 and of the SC in 2010.
Justice Nisar was also a member of a delegation representing Pakistan in “International Youth Conference” held in Libya, Tripoli in 1973. He was elected as secretary general of Lahore High Court Bar Association in 1991 and was appointed federal law secretary in 1997 and it is for the first time in the history of the country that someone from the Bar has been appointed to such post.
He has also been a part-time lecturer at the Punjab Law College and the Pakistan College of Law, where he taught Civil Procedure Code and the Constitution.