Appointment: Justice Riaz sworn in as Shariat Court’s CJ

The office had been vacant since the first week of December


Our Correspondent March 08, 2015
The office had been vacant since the first week of December. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan was sworn in as the chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court on Saturday. Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk administered the oath to Justice Riaz at a ceremony on the Supreme Court premises.

Justice Riaz’s name was approved for the chief justice slot by the Parliamentary Committee on Judges’ Appointment on the recommendation of the National Judicial Commission and after the approval of President Mamnoon Hussain.

The office of the Federal Shariat Court chief justice had been vacant since the first week of December, when Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza Khan was appointed the chief election commissioner.

Justice Riaz was serving as a judge of the Shariat Court before his elevation to chief justice. He has also served as a judge of the Islamabad High Court.

His oath-taking ceremony was attended by judges of the Supreme Court and the Shariat Court; officers of the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan, the Federal Judicial Academy and the Shariat Court; bar representatives, senior lawyers and law officers.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2015.

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