Nawaz approves Justice Tassaduq Jillani as new Chief Justice

Published: November 27, 2013
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Currently, Justice Jillani also occupies the post of Chief Election Commissioner besides being the senior most judge. PHOTO: RIAZ AHMED/EXPRESS

Currently, Justice Jillani also occupies the post of Chief Election Commissioner besides being the senior most judge. PHOTO: RIAZ AHMED/EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani to be appointed the next Chief Justice of Pakistan, Express News reported.

The current Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is set to retire from his post on December 12.

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

Currently, Justice Jillani also occupies the post of Chief Election Commissioner besides being the senior most judge.

“He is the opposite of the current chief justice,” retired Supreme Court judge Nasir Aslam Zahid had said.

“He’s very mild, he hears all sides, he does not lose his temper.”

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.

He has largely avoided the high-profile political cases that Chaudhry has revelled in and he has called for judicial vigilance to be tempered with restraint.

“If the courts fail to maintain this delicate balance, none else but people’s confidence in the judiciary would be the worst victim,” Jillani wrote in a recent ruling.

Express News correspondent Aamir Ilyas Rana reported that the official notification on Justice Jillani’s appointment may be passed later today.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Pakistaniloyalist
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:46PM

    Hope he provides speedy justice to common man and not engage in serial dramas and personal revenge like ex-cjRecommend

  • Malik Hamza
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:47PM

    First Army chief to shock us and now this.
    god help usRecommend

  • Iram
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:49PM

    Trust, he will be a justice not JUST US, like his predecessor. Recommend

  • akhtar Baloch
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:55PM

    Does the PM not have a some sense of intelligent political thinking? All these appointments in one day are just promoting the view that all these key appointments were probably proclaimed after his hot cup of chai in the morningRecommend

  • Mubashir
    Nov 27, 2013 - 5:56PM

    Todays is the day of Appointments!!! Recommend

  • tweety
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:02PM

    dunno about others but im gonna miss our present Chief Justice. With his bad he also had alot of good in him.

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  • wali
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:02PM

    looks like theperfect CJ the Nawaz Government would have dreamt of after the years of incumbent!!

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  • AF
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:04PM

    what do you mean by approve. CJ SC is always selected on seniority basis. he had no other options

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  • Jibran
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:05PM

    Very disappointing day. Weakest candidate was chosen to become the next COAS. He lacks any wartime experience. Today, Nawaz Sharif surrendered Pakistan to the TTP. War on terror is officially over.

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  • Sami
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:14PM

    I was looking forward to yet another sharif … oh well ..

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  • Hopeful
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:15PM

    We need him to keep a check the government.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:16PM

    Mian Sahib has nothing to do with this appointment except sign a notice. He is the senior most judge of SC after present CJ and nominating anyone else would have amounted to contempt of court.

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  • azmat khan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Welcome new CJ.I hope now there will be no judicial interference in every matter just to score numbers.

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  • Observer
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Does he have a son named Arsalan??.

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  • Iftikhar Khan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:20PM

    First and foremost thank Godness for the departure of IC who wasted the opportunity to serve.

    Hope the new CJ take steps to ensure justice provided on priority bases with most emphasis on terrorists

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  • polpot
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:28PM

    Typographical Error
    ++++++++++++++++
    The real candidate has the family name….u guessed it right!.

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  • polpot
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:29PM

    @Mubashir: Todays is the day of Appointments!!!”+
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Or Disappaointments!

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  • Ariba
    Nov 27, 2013 - 6:37PM

    Appointed by PM himself & this new CJ will give us Justice? lol

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  • Lobster
    Nov 27, 2013 - 7:50PM

    Apparently he was among those who took oath with Dogar and relative of recently nominated Pak ambassador in USA

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  • Zubair Khan
    Nov 27, 2013 - 8:00PM

    Was no Sherif available? As you chose COAS!

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:16PM

    Bravo!! Another appointment on seniority & merit by the PMLN Government.
    While a few pseudo intellectual haters will continue their troll in any case, this is the real change in Pakistan!
    Good to see Pakistan moving in the right direction.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:22PM

    I have a lot of respect for the new CJ. He was one of the exceptions when he recused himself from the bench when it was hearing the case of PM Gilani because they were related. This is in sharp contrast to current CJ himself taking up and quashing the case of Don Arsalan and comparing himself with great Caliphs. Let us hope and pray that the new CJ reins in the other justices who have been a pawns and stooges at the hands of PCO CJ and never dared give dissenting opinion. The political, activist and terrorist friendly court should become a dark chapter in SC’s black history.Recommend

  • Aamir
    Nov 27, 2013 - 10:40PM

    I hope he has a balanced approach. Avoids over active judicialism.
    Ifthekhar Chaudhary, please go, we have had enough of you.

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  • DAJ
    Nov 28, 2013 - 2:40AM

    @Mirza: So he’s related to a politician too? We should just declare Pakistan a monarchy or better- a family business, that way we can save so much more time on these public rallies and protests for democracy.

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  • Mirza
    Nov 28, 2013 - 3:48AM

    In Pakistan where there are large families and clans it is not possible for any person not to have relatives in other positions especially when they are 60 plus. Of course some do not want to live with their kids and guide other people’s kids.
    It is not a crime to be related to famous people. The crime is to take up their cases and not do the justice. This is one of the few justices who excused himself from a case where a distant relative (not his son or family member) was involved. Recommend

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