Pakistan's new Chief Justice takes oath of office

Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took oath of office as Pakistan's 25th Chief Justice.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 31, 2016, 15:34 PM IST

Islamabad: Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took oath of office as Pakistan's 25th Chief Justice.

Nisar, 62, replaced Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali who retired yesterday after superannuation.

The oath-taking ceremony held in the President House called "Awan-e-Sadr" was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chairman of the Senate, Speaker of the National Assembly, federal ministers, services chiefs, parliamentarians, diplomats, and judges.

Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain administered an oath to the new Chief Justice of Supreme Court. Hussain appointed Nisar as the country's top judge on December 7 ahead of the retirement of Jamali who served as chief justice for 15 months since his appointment in September 2015.

Nisar is the senior-most judge and in April this year he served as acting CJ in the absence of Chief Justice Jamali who had gone abroad. Nisar was appointed as a Supreme Court judge on February 18, 2010.

He was serving as judge of the Lahore High Court.

He was a senior lawyer before elevation the post of judge of the high court and remained a member of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA).