Lahore High Court chief justice Mansoor Ali Shah was sworn in as a Supreme Court judge on Wednesday.
The oath-taking ceremony was conducted by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar in the court premises in Islamabad.
The high-profile event was attended by senior lawyers and personalities of the legal community. Attorney-General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf Ali was also present at the occasion.
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Replacing Justice Shah, senior lawyer Justice Mohammad Yawar Ali has been appointed as the new Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice. The approval of both appointments was issued last week by the President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain.
Justice Shah was appointed as a judge of LHC on September 15, 2009 and he was appointed as chief justice in June 2015. During his career of more than 25 years working in Punjab, he introduced a number of reforms to improve the justice system in the province and regulate bar associations of the province.
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With his elevation, the apex court has regained its full strength. Justice Shah will remain an SC judge until November 2027. This also means he could potentially vie to become the chief justice of Pakistan for three years in the future.
According to the seniority list, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will be the next CJP. Following his retirement, Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Qazi Faez Isa will work as the country’s top judge. After Justice Isa’s retirement, Justice Shah will be appointed as CJP.