Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani will take over as chief justice on December 12 after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry steps down a day earlier, a senior government official told the media.
Chaudhry, originally appointed in 2005 during the military rule of Pervez Musharraf and who came to be one of the architects of the ruler’s downfall.
Justice Jillani has been serving as the acting Chief Election Commissioner.
Born on July 6, 1949, Justice Jillani is a former justice of Lahore High Court.
Tassaduq Hussain Jillani started practice at District Courts, Multan in 1974. He enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court in 1976.
Jillani was elected General Secretary, District Bar Association, Multan in 1976 and in 1978, was elected Member of the Punjab Bar Council.
Jillani was appointed as Assistant Advocate General Punjab in July 1979.
He enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1983.
In 1988, he was promoted as Additional Advocate General Punjab. In 1993, he was appointed as Advocate General of Punjab.
Justice Jillani was elevated as a Judge of Lahore High Court on August 7, 1994.
He was elevated as Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan on July 31, 2004
Father of three sons and a daughter, Jillani is related to the current ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani and a former prime minister Yousaf Raza Geelani who SC forced to step down last year.
Tassaduq Hussain Jillani obtained a degree in the M.A. in Political Science from Forman Christian College and a graduate degree in Law from the University of the Punjab, Lahore.
He also completed a course in Constitutional Law from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London.
President Mamnoon Hussain has approved the appointment of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani as Pakistan’s next chief justice under Article 175 Section 3 of the Constitution. The Law Ministry has issued a notification of Justice Jillani’s appointment.
The president approved the appointment after receiving the recommendation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Earlier, the Supreme Court Registrar office had written to President Mamnoon Hussain seeking a time for the oath taking ceremony. The ceremony will be held on December 12 at 9:00 AM at the Presidency.