Justice Jawwad Khawaja approved as next Chief Justice of Pakistan

Published: August 5, 2015
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. PHOTO: PID

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. PHOTO: PID

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. PHOTO: PID Justice Khawaja. PHOTO: Supreme Court of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain, on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, on Wednesday approved the appointment of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja as the next Chief Justice of Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported.

Justice Khawaja, the senior most judge in the apex court after the incumbent chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, would take the charge of his new office on August 17.

Chief Justice Mulk is due to retire on August 16.

Justice Khawaja was born on September 10, 1950, in Wazirabad, District Gujranwala. He completed his graduation in Arts from FC College, Lahore in 1971 before taking up LLB from the Punjab University Law College, Lahore, completing it in 1973. He then obtained a Masters in Law (LL.M) degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975.

Thereafter he was enrolled as Advocate of the High Court in 1975 and as an Advocate of the Supreme Court in 1985. He was a regular legal practitioner until his appointment as a Judge of the Lahore High Court on April 21, 1999.

Justice Khawaja resigned his constitutional tenure on March 19 2007.

After resigning, he taught law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and headed the Department of Law and Policy at LUMS.

He was then appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on June 5, 2009, by then Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

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  • Ali
    Aug 5, 2015 - 8:44PM

    It’s the worst day as this guy is right hand of Iftikhar Chaudhry (Former CJP). Bad luck will just never leave this nation….Recommend

  • Jibran
    Aug 5, 2015 - 11:14PM

    Another quality of him was to rubber stamp the opinions of Iftikhar Chaudhry. Why this fact is missing from the above news report.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 5, 2015 - 11:22PM

    He has a monumental task ahead of him…..lets hope he’s up to it.Recommend

  • yjs
    Aug 6, 2015 - 12:29AM

    Jawab s khawaja is the most corrupt person after Iftikhar Ch in the judicial history. Recommend

  • GS@Y
    Aug 6, 2015 - 12:49AM

    @Ali: Without getting into whether he’s good or bad, I will just ask you to please relax! He’s going to be chief justice for only a few weeks until he retires on his 65th birthday. Jeez.Recommend

  • Karam Din
    Aug 6, 2015 - 2:57AM

    Looks like that designated CJ likes quwaalli. I see two quwaals standing behind him. Get over this viceregal culture sahib jee. Recommend

  • Uza Syed
    Aug 6, 2015 - 4:30AM

    He was not only appointed by the then CJ Iftikhar C. but proved to be his most devoted and almost faithful servant. One suspects his neutrality as he somehow still appears to be influenced by M/s. Chaudhryjee & Ramsay brand of partiality. Not independent and therefore not the right man for this important job.Recommend

  • Khan12
    Aug 6, 2015 - 5:38AM

    @Ali: Disagree Mate. Know him very well. He is a man of Principle who actually hates the former corrupt Mr. Iftikhar Ch. He is a clean charatcter with one of the best brains (currently) available in the country. Not sure what your source is or how authentic it is but i personally know him and the fact that how irritated he was under the command of that CJ Iftikhar guy. Very satisfied with this honorable man’s selection as CJ cz one thing that i am damn sure about this person is that he can’t tolerate bs*. Recommend

  • Sajid Rabbani
    Aug 6, 2015 - 8:12AM

    @khan12, in another news, he opposed the establishment of military courts and this is enough for me to judge him.

    For some important national issues, one cannot rely on some individual knowing him personaly.Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Aug 9, 2015 - 8:29PM

    He is senior most judge, deserves to be C.J.
    He is highly educated, LL.M from Berkley, California, world class prestigious University
    He resigned in protest.
    He has his own opinion, he writes dissent verdict, so to accuse him of former CJ copycat is a traversity. Good choice by present Govt. Seniority should continue. Judiciary will be more stable and more strong. Best wishes to new C J

  • nawaz
    Aug 13, 2015 - 9:45AM

    He took oath on PCO by Pervaiz musharf in 1999.Recommend

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