Justice Gulzar Ahmad To Take Oath as New Chief Justice

Justice Gulzar Ahmad will take the oath as new Chief Justice of Pakistan today (Saturday) as President Dr Arif Alvi will administer the oath.

The current  Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa will retire from his post today.

Justice Gulzar was appointed as a Sindh High Court (SHC) judge on Aug 27, 2002, and served there before his elevation to the apex court on Nov 16, 2011. He had refused to take a fresh oath as SHC judge under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) on Nov 3, 2007.

Justice Gulzar was part of a seven-member bench which had convicted then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in a contempt case for not implementing the apex court’s Dec 16, 2010 judgment on the National Reconciliation Ordinance. He was also part of a larger bench which had disqualified then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in the Panama Leaks case.

Soon after his elevation as CJP, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had hand-picked him to sit on his bench which had been overwhelmed by public-interest litigations. Justice Gulzar was also part of a number of high-profile proceedings during Iftikhar’s tenure. He is known for his honesty, integrity and boldness among members of superior bars.