Jus­tice Khawaja takes oath as 23rd CJP

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Jus­tice Jawwad S Khawaja took oath as the 23rd Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan (CJP) on Mon­day, suc­ceed­ing Chief Jus­tice Nasirul Mulk.

Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain swore Jus­tice Khawaja as the new chief jus­tice in an oath tak­ing cer­e­mony held at the Pres­i­dency. The cer­e­mony was at­tended by Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif, fed­eral min­is­ters, mem­bers of par­lia­ment, chiefs of armed forces, lawyers and Supreme Court judges. Pres­i­dent Mam­noon Hus­sain had ap­proved the prime min­is­ter's ad­vice to ap­point Jus­tice Khawaja as CJP on Au­gust 5.

Jus­tice Khawaja will serve as chief jus­tice for only 23 days as he is also due to re­tire on Sept 9. Upon re­tire­ment of Jus­tice Khawaja, Jus­tice An­war Za­heer Ja­mali will be se­nior most judge of the Supreme Court.

Jus­tice Khawaja took his oath in Urdu and he is the first judge in the history of Pak­istan whose ap­point­ment or­der is not in English. The sum­mary for the ap­point­ment of Jus­tice Khawaja as the CJP was writ­ten in Urdu be­cause of an on­go­ing case be­ing heard by a bench headed by him. The case is about the pro­mo­tion of Urdu, in which the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has as­sured the court that an or­der has been is­sued to make it manda­tory for the pres­i­dent, prime min­is­ter, fed­eral min­is­ters and other of­fi­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives to de­liver their speeches in Urdu both in­side the coun­try and abroad.

In land­mark Supreme Court rul­ing ear­lier this month that up­held the es­tab­lish­ment of mil­i­tary courts in the coun­try, Jus­tice Jawwad S Khawaja was among the six dis­sent­ing judges, who ruled that the 21st con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment, which es­sen­tially gives le­gal cover to the said courts, is in­valid.

Jus­tice Jawwad Khawaja was born on Septem­ber 10, 1950 in Wazirabad and ob­tained a de­gree in law from Punjab Univer­sity. He started his ca­reer as an ad­vo­cate of high court in 1975 and got prac­tic­ing li­cense of Supreme Court in 1985. He has also served as a vis­it­ing lec­turer at the Punjab Univer­sity Law Col­lege from 1975 to 1986.

Jus­tice Khawaja also re­ceived an LLM from Univer­sity of Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia and taught at La­hore Univer­sity of Man­age­ment Sciences (Lums) un­til he was ap­pointed as the Judge of Supreme Court in 2009.

It is per­ti­nent to men­tion here that Jus­tice Khawaja was the first judge to re­sign in protest from the high court in March 2007 af­ter for­mer Pres­i­dent Pervez Mushar­raf vir­tu­ally sus­pended the then chief jus­tice of Pak­istan, Chaudhry Iftikhar, and ap­pointed the avail­able se­nior-most judge, Jus­tice Javed Iqbal, as the act­ing Chief Jus­tice of the Supreme Court. His res­ig­na­tion at the time was hailed by bars and ju­rists in the coun­try.

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