Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali was sworn as the 24th Chief Justice of Pakistan on Thursday, following the retirement of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja.
President Mamnoon Hussain administered Justice Jamali’s oath in a solemn ceremony at the President House in Islamabad, Radio Pakistan reported.
In May 1998, Justice Jamali was appointed as judge of the Sindh High Court and reappointed as Chief Justice High Court of Sindh in August 2008.
A year later, Justice Jamali was appointed as the Supreme Court judge and was also nominated as the acting chief of the Election Commission of Pakistan in July 2014.
Earlier, the outgoing chief justice of Pakistan, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, called for an alternative judicial system in order to redress the grievances of the poor.
“All institutions of the state should admit to have not yet succeeded in providing speedy justice to the masses as guaranteed in the Constitution,” he said while addressing a full court reference in his honour. “Apart from judges and lawyers, the government and the executive are also responsible for the destruction of the country’s justice system,” he added.
Justice Khawaja, who retired on Wednesday after serving as the chief justice of Pakistan for 23 days, is succeeded by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who swore in today. He strongly advocated the policy of judicial activism as well as use of suo motu powers by the judiciary under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution.