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Chief Justice of Pakistan

Chief Justice of Pakistan
Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali
The Honorable
My Lord<(When addressed directly in court)
Seat Islamabad
Nominator Prime Minister of Pakistan
Appointer President of Pakistan
Term length Variable Until age 65
Formation 27 June 1949
First holder Abdul Rashid
(as Federal Chief Justice)

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (Urdu:چيف جسٹس پاكستان; initials as CJP), is the head of the court system of Pakistan (the judicature branch of government) and the chief judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.[1] The Chief Justice is one of the most senior of 16 Senior Justices of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.[2] From 1947 until 1960, the chief justice and senior justices were known as Federal Judge.[3]

The Chief Justice is the chief administrative officer of country's court system and a highest judicial officer, supervising federal judicial policies and conducting judicial business in the Supreme Court.[4][5] Nominations for the appointment of Chief Justice is made by Prime Minister of Pakistan and final appointments are confirmed by the President of Pakistan.[6][7] Presiding over the oral arguments before the court, the Chief Justice leads significant agenda-setting power over the court's meeting. In modern tradition, the Chief Justice has the ceremonial duty of administering the oath of office of the President of Pakistan.[8]

The first Chief Justice was Sir Abdul Rashid.[9] The current Chief Justice is Anwar Zaheer Jamali, incumbent since September 10, 2015.


  • List of Chief Justices 1
  • Time Line 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes and sources 4
  • External sources 5

List of Chief Justices

Pakistan's longest-serving Chief Justice was Mohammad Haleem. The shortest-serving Chief Justice was Muhammad Shahabuddin, who died in office 9 days after taking oath. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is the only Justice to have served non-consecutive terms, for a total of three terms. President Pervez Musharraf appointed six nominees to the post, the most by any president (A. H. Dogar is discounted from the tally, as his appointment was subsequently voided by the Supreme Court).

Number Name Period of office Length of term (days) Bar Appointed by
1 Abdul Rashid 27 June 1949 29 June 1954 1,826 Lahore High Court Government of India Act 1935
2 Muhammad Munir 29 June 1954 2 May 1960 2,134 Lahore High Court Malik Ghulam Muhammad
3 Muhammad Shahabuddin 3 May 1960 12 May 1960 9 Madras High Court Ayub Khan
4 A.R. Cornelius 13 May 1960 29 February 1968 2,848 Lahore High Court
5 S.A. Rahman 1 March 1968 3 June 1968 94 Lahore High Court
6 Fazal Akbar 4 June 1968 17 November 1968 166 East Pakistan High Court
7 Hamoodur Rahman 18 November 1968 31 October 1975 2,538 Calcutta High Court
8 Yaqub Ali 1 November 1975 22 September 1977 691 Lahore High Court Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
9 S. Anwarul Haq 23 September 1977 25 March 1981 1,279 Lahore High Court
10 Mohammad Haleem 23 March 1981 31 December 1989 3,205 Sindh High Court Zia-ul-Haq
11 Afzal Zullah 1 January 1990 18 April 1993 1,203 Lahore High Court Ghulam Ishaq Khan
12 Nasim Hasan Shah 17 April 1993 14 April 1994 362 Lahore High Court
A* Saad Saud Jan 15 April 1994 4 June 1994 50 Lahore High Court Farooq Leghari
13 Sajjad Ali Shah 5 June 1994 2 December 1997 1,276 Sindh High Court
14 Ajmal Mian 27 December 1997 30 June 1999 550 Sindh High Court Wasim Sajjad
15 Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui 1 July 1999 26 January 2000 209 Sindh High Court Rafiq Tarar
16 Irshad Hasan Khan 26 January 2000 6 January 2002 711 Lahore High Court
17 Bashir Jehangiri 7 January 2002 31 January 2002 24 Peshawar High Court Pervez Musharraf
18 Sheikh Riaz Ahmad 1 February 2002 31 December 2003 698 Lahore High Court
19 Nazim Hussain Siddiqui 31 December 2003 29 June 2005 546 Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (1st) 29 June 2005 9 March 2007 618 Balochistan High Court
A Javaid Iqbal 9 March 2007 24 March 2007 15 Balochistan High Court
A Rana Bhagwandas 25 March 2007 20 July 2007 87 Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (2nd) 20 July 2007 3 November 2007 136 Balochistan High Court
± A. H. Dogar 3 November 2007 21 March 2009 504 Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (3rd) 21 March 2009 11 December 2013 1,726 Balochistan High Court Asif Ali Zardari
21 Tassaduq Hussain Jillani 12 December 2013 6 July 2014 176 Lahore High Court Mamnoon Hussain
22 Nasir-ul-Mulk 7 July 2014 16 August 2015 435 Peshawar High Court
23 Jawwad S. Khawaja 17 August 2015 9 September 2015 23 Lahore High Court
24 Anwar Zaheer Jamali 10 September 2015 30 December 2016 308 Sindh High Court
  • A Acting
  • ± Recess appointment, later rejected by the Supreme Judicial Council. All decisions voided due to illegality of appointment.
  • Died in office

Time Line

See also

Notes and sources

  1. ^, various contributions (2012). Pakistan Business Law Handbook Strategic Information and Laws. Intl Business Pubns USA.  
  2. ^ Manzoor, Saima; Manzoor,, Akif; Manzoor, Eng. Asif (2011). Police in Pakistan. New York, US: Lulu publications co. p. 350.  
  3. ^ Shah, Ralph Braibanti ; foreword by Nasim Hasan (1999). Chief Justice Cornelius of Pakistan : an analysis with letters and speeches (2. impr. ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.  
  4. ^ Article 176 in The Judicature Chapter 2 of Part VII of the Constitution of Pakistan
  5. ^ Article 175A in Chapter 1: The Courts. Part VII: The Judicature of the Constitution of Pakistan
  6. ^ Article 175A(12)-175A(13) Chapter 1: The Courts. Part VII: The Judicature of the Constitution of Pakistan
  7. ^ Supreme Court. "Judges Appointment & Court Composition" (google cache (html)). Islamabad, Pakistan: Supreme Court of Pakistan Press. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  8. ^ Article 178 in the Chapter 2: The Supreme Court of Pakistan of Part VII: The Judicature of Constitution of Pakistan
  9. ^ Masood, Ahsan. "Names of the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Pakistan". Masood and masood press. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 

External sources

  • Supreme Court of Pakistan
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