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Monday, August 17, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja was sworn in as the 23rd Chief Justice of Pakistan on Monday to serve in the exalted position for just 23 days until his retirement on September 10. President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, three services chiefs and federal ministers.

He will figure among the chief justices who have served the briefest of tenures. Supreme Court judges retire when they meet the mandatory age limit. Justice Khawaja succeeds outgoing Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Nasirul Mulk who had an illustrious judicial career. On September 10, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali will be sworn in as the chief justice to hold the coveted slot for 15 months.

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja was born on September 10, 1950, in Wazirabad, District Gujranwala. He did his graduation in arts in 1971 from the FC College, Lahore, and LLB from the Punjab University Law College, Lahore in 1973.

He then obtained a Masters (LLM) degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. Thereafter, he was enrolled as advocate of the High Court in 1975 and as advocate of the Supreme Court in 1985. He remained in legal practice 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 the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry by military dictator Pervez Musharraf. He then remained Professor of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and headed the Department of Law and Policy until his appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court on June 5, 2009.

link: http://www.geo.tv/article-194448-Justice-Jawwad-S-Khawaja-sworn-in-as-Chief-Justice-of-Pakistan

Monday, August 10, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja will become next Chief Justice of Pakistan for around 1 month. According to sources Justice Jawad S. Khawaja will turn to 65 years on 10th of September which shows us that he will might enjoy the privileges of becoming Chief Justice till 23 days which will be the 2nd shortest time in Supreme Cout of Pakistan's History. Earlier President Mamnoon Hussain has approved Prime Minister's advice for appointment of the senior-most Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Jawad S. Khawaja as Chief Justice of Pakistan.

The appointment of Justice Jawad S. Khawaja will take effect on August 17, 2015 after superannuation of Mr Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Chief Justice of Pakistan, on attaining the age of 65 years w.e.f. August 16, 2015. The President approved the Prime Minister's advice on a summary initiated by Law, Justice and Human Rights Division.

A press release issued in this respect from the President's Office here reads: "On a summary initiated by Law, Justice and Human Rights Division, the President has approved the Prime Minister's advice for appointment of senior most Judge of the Supreme Court Mr. Justice Jawad S. Khawaja as Chief Justice of Pakistan w.e.f. 17th August, 2015 after superannuation of Mr. Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, Chief Justice of Pakistan, on attaining the age of 65 years w.e.f. 16th August, 2015".

Lets have a short look on Justice Khawaja's brief profile. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja was born on 10th September, 1950, at Wazirabad, District Gujranwala. He did his graduation in Arts in the year 1971 from FC College, Lahore and LL.B from the Punjab University Law College, Lahore in 1973. He then obtained a Masters (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 Advocate of the Supreme Court in 1985. He remained in legal practice until his appointment as a Judge of the Lahore High Court on 21st April, 1999. He resigned his constitutional tenure on 19th March 2007. He then remained Professor of Law at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and headed the Department of Law and Policy at LUMS until his appointment as Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 5th June 2009.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015


ISLAMABAD: Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk will retire on August 16 as Chief Justice of Pakistan. He will be 65 on August 16. He was born on August 17, 1950 in the valley of Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He was awarded with degree of Barrister-at-Law by the Inner Temple, London (UK) in the year 1976.

He was called to the Bar in the year 1977. He practiced Law for more than 17 years as an Advocate. He also remained Visiting Faculty member at Khyber Law College, Peshawar, at Peshawar University and at N.W.F.P. Provincial Services Academy, Peshawar. He was also elected twice as President of High Court Bar Association in the years 1990 and 1993.

He also remained Advocate General, N.W.F.P. in the year 1993.He was elevated as Judge, Peshawar High Court on June 04, 1994 and then elevated as Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court on May 31, 2004. He was elevated as Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan on April 05, 2005 and was appointed as Chief Justice of Pakistan on July 06, 2014.

Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, the Senior Puisne Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan after the Chief Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk will be new Chief Justice as per seniority rule and will take oath of his office on 17 of this month.

President Mamnoon Hussain will administer oath to Justice Jawwad S Khawaja as Chief Justice of Pakistan. The oath taking ceremony will be held at Aiwan-e-Sadr. - APP.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Islamabad: Former Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday kept everyone guessing about his political ambitions and avoided questions whether he was going to launch his own political party or not. When pressed by the media persons, he only said he would announce about it on December 25, 2015. Addressing a crowded media conference at his residence in F-10 sector, the former chief justice, however, demanded a high-powered inquiry commission to expose‘handlers’ and ‘sponsors’ of Imran Khan who according to him paralyzed the normal life by staging a sit-in in the heart of Islamabad for over four months.

Justice Chaudhry said an inquiry must be held to know why Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan blamed a large number of personalities and state institutions without any regard for their prestige, repute or status. It should be probed who was behind him and on his bidding he was doing all that, he further said.

According to Justice Chaudhry, Imran Khan accused the Parliament, blocked the route of the honourable Members of the Parliament, judges of the Supreme Court, officers and staff of dozens of government departments and institutions and this he did without any concern for the law of the land. “All those factors that led Imran Khan to unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional path should be brought to the public knowledge,” said the former chief justice of the country.

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who looked quite calm and confident was addressing the media persons only three days after the judicial inquiry commission probing rigging charges into the general elections of 2013, submitted its report in the Prime Minister’s Office declaring general elections fair and legal. Justice Chaudhry candidly shared his views with media and hoped the commission’s report would serve all the critics of the elections a right lesson. Justice Chaudhry said Imran Khan kept on hurling rigging charges in the May 2013 elections but failed to prove anything. Now another inquiry should be held to expose his motives behind all that fuss.

He said everyone in Pakistan needs to respect and obey the law of the land as no one is above law. Turning his guns to Imran Khan, ex-Chief Justice said Imran Khan’s workers not only disturbed the normal life they also attacked the PTV building and blocked the Constitutional Avenue for more than four months. This was tantamount to blocking the courts of the country from delivering justice and the state from functioning normally. Both the acts are serious crimes and Imran Khan should be tried for that, he demanded.

About a question whether he was going to launch his own party the former chief justice said he would unveil his plan on December 25, this year, on the birthday of the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah the Founder of the country.

link: http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=269113

ISLAMABAD: Former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry demanded a thorough investigation against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan for what he called wasting 126 days of the nation through his party’s Islamabad sit-in and vilifying democratic institutions of the country.

“I will not say a single word against the PTI because it consists of respectable politicians and intellectuals like retired Justice Wajhiuddin Ahmed and many others. I believe the party has nothing to do whatever allegations Imran Khan has levelled against my person or the country’s institutions,” the former chief justice said while addressing a press conference at his Islamabad residence on Monday.

He parried a direct question that when he was launching his political party and said that he would make an announcement on Dec 25 in this regard when after retirement two-year bar on him would end.
The former chief justice’s press conference came after the three-judge inquiry commission rejected PTI’s allegations of rigging in the 2013 general elections.

In a 237-page report, the commission headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk has concluded that despite lapses on part of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the 2013 general elections were in large part organised and conducted fairly.

“I am not asking the government but the state, as defined under Article 7 of the Constitution to consider holding a detail inquiry to reach to a logical conclusion otherwise it will become a precedence that every now and then someone will gather few people to stage a protest demonstration outside the parliament house,” Mr Iftikhar Chaudhry said.

On the contrary, he added, the government of the day would be answerable to people if it kept silent and did nothing against those who wasted the time and money of the nation, kept the economy hostage, made the parliament where a joint sitting was going on as well as the Supreme Court dysfunctional by blocking the Cons­titution Avenue, maligned parliamentarians, attacked the PTV building and used violence which caused loss of some lives.

He said the actions of the PTI chief amounted to subversion of the Constitution and attracted Article 6.
During his party’s sit-in at the capital D-Chowk, the former chief justice said, Imran Khan slandered him for 115 times. “Imran Khan has taken undue advantage of his position as a party chief without even taking his associates into confidence only to malign the institution of the judiciary and judges of the lower judiciary and he has failed to prove even a single allegation despite coming up with thousands of pages before the inquiry commission.”

Citing his April 14 application, the former chief justice said he had voluntarily offered to appear before the inquiry commission to rebut allegations against him of having a role in the alleged rigging and even face a cross-examination by the PTI legal team.

Referring to the PTI chief’s demand of opening four constituencies in Punjab, Mr Iftikhar Chaudhry said that Imran Khan never moved a direct petition, rather he moved a miscellaneous application in the Watan Party case in which the Supreme Court had asked for conducting election reforms. He said it was the election tribunals which under the Constitution had jurisdiction to give decisions about election disputes.

The former chief justice brushed aside the impression that the findings of the inquiry commission had become controversial. He reminded that the commission was not formed under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1956, rather through an ordinance after an understanding between PML-N and PTI was reached.

link: http://paktribune.com/news/Iftikhar-Chaudhry-demanded-a-thorough-investigation-against-Imran-Khan-274177.html

Saturday, July 25, 2015


QUETTA: Following in the footsteps of his erstwhile nemesis, the former strongman General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, ex chief justice of Pakistan Justice (Retd) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has taken the plunge into politics.
"I am launching my own political party,” Chaudhry, who earned himself a reputation by facing off with the powerful military dictator, told reporters here.
Chaudhry, who was accused by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf of helping Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) sweep general elections held on May 11, 2013, sounded out that a judicial commission, formed to investigate the alleged organized election rigging, has proved Imran Khan a liar.
"By declaring the polls just and legal, the inquiry commission has vindicated the honour of entire judiciary including me,” Chaudhry said.
In his turbulent eight-year stint, during which he defied and outplayed the military ruler Musharraf, terminated a prime minister and changed the Supreme Court’s role from political pawn to power player, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, 67, retired as Pakistan’s chief justice in December 2013.
He left a supreme court that has now proved able to call even the country’s powerful generals to account. But he also polarized public debate, drawing accusations that he had become a power-drunk crusader who brought an elected Pakistani government to the brink of collapse.

link: http://www.samaa.tv/pakistan/24-Jul-2015/ex-cj-iftikhar-ch-to-launch-a-political-justice-league