ISLAMABAD – Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja has been sworn in as new Chief Justice of Pakistan today (Monday). He will serve as the CJP till September 10.
President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath in a ceremony at the President House. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, federal ministers, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif and other prominent personalities were present during the oath-taking ceremony.
The new Chief Justice succeeded Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, who retired on Sunday (16 August).
Justice Khawaja was born in Wazirabad in 1950. He did his LLB at the Punjab University Law College and his LLM from the University of California, Berkeley. He started his legal practice as an advocate of the Lahore High Court in 1975 and was a partner at Cornelius, Lane and Mufti, one of the largest law firms in Pakistan.
In 1999, he became a judge of the Lahore High Court but resigned in 2007 after ex-president Pervez Musharraf virtually suspended the then chief justice of Pakistan, Chaudhry Iftikhar, and appointed Justice Javed Iqbal, as the acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court..
Justice Khawaja then joined the Law and Policy Department of theLahore University of Management Sciences in August 2007 and served as the head of department from October 2007 to May 2009, when he joined the Supreme Court of Pakistan.