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Saqib Nisar takes oath as 25th chief justice of Pakistan Supreme Court
By Tariq Butt December 31, 2016
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ISLAMABAD: Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took oath as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in a ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadar on Saturday.

 
President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani, judges of the Supreme Court, federal ministers, armed services chiefs, parliamentarians and diplomats.
 
Justice Nisar replaced Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who retired on Dec.30.
 
After Justice Nisar’s elevation, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has become the senior most judge of the top court.
Seven judges from Punjab, five justices from Sindh, three judges from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and one judge from Balochistan are now serving in the Supreme Court.
 
Justice Nisar became the 25th chief justice of Pakistan. In April this year, he served as the acting chief justice in the absence of Chief Justice Jamali who had gone to Turkey on a seven-day official visit.
 
Justice Nisar has been judge of the apex court since Feb.18, 2010. Before that he was a judge of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
 
Before being appointed as a judge, he was member of the Supreme Court Bar Association and Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA). He was elected as secretary general of the LHCBA in 1991.
 
Born on Jan.18, 1954, in Lahore, Justice Nisar did his matriculation from the Cathedral High School, Lahore, graduation from the Government College, Lahore, and bachelor of law from the University of Punjab in 1979-80.
 
He joined the legal profession as an advocate on May 2, 1980. He was enrolled as an advocate of the high court in 1982 and advocate of the Supreme Court in 1994.
 
He was elevated as the judge of the LHC on May 22, 1998, and of the Supreme Court on Feb.18, 2010.
 
Justice Nisar specialised in civil, commercial, tax and constitutional laws and appeared in a large number of important constitutional cases both in the LHC and the Supreme Court.
 
He was appointed as the federal law secretary on March 29, 1997, when he became the first member of the bar to be appointed to the important position.
 

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