ISLAMABAD – Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was sworn in as 21st Chief Justice of Pakistan in an oath-taking ceremony at Presidency on Thursday, PakistanTribe.com reported.
President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to the new Chief Justice of Pakistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah, judges of the Supreme Court, federal ministers, members of parliament including Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Sardar Yaqoob Khan, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Governor Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Engineer Shoukatullah, Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Iqbal Khan, , General Rashad Mehmood, Khawaja Asif, Parvez Rashid, lieutenant Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch, Sartaj Aziz, Justice (retd) Khalilur Rehman Ramday, foreign ambassadors and other dignitaries attended the ceremony.
Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was born on July, 6, 1949; did Masters in Political Science from Forman Christian College, Lahore. L.L.B., from the University of Punjab, Lahore and a course in Constitutional Law from the University of London in the Institute of Advance Legal Studies.
He started practice at District Courts, Multan in 1974; enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court in 1976; elected as General Secretary, District Bar Association, Multan in 1976; elected Member Punjab Bar Council in 1978; appointed as Assistant Advocate General, Punjab in July, 1979; enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court in 1983; promoted as Additional Advocate General, Punjab in 1988; appointed as Advocate General Punjab in 1993.
He took oath as a Judge of Lahore High Court on August 7, 1994 and was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 31st July, 2004 where he served till the imposition of the state of Emergency on the 3rd of November, 2007. As he refused to take fresh oath, he was made dysfunctional as a Judge of the Supreme Court.
After the restoration of democracy and elected Government in Pakistan, he joined as Judge of the Supreme Court in September, 2009 and appointed Chief Justice of Pakistan on 12th December, 2013.
The learned judge has participated and represented in number of international meetings, conferences, seminars, colloquiums and dialogues.
The learned Judge was awarded “Key of the City of Detroit (Michigan)” by the Mayor at a function; on 12th of October, 2007, conferred “Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters” at a special Convocation held in Southern Virginia University, Washington; he was conferred the Honorary Chair by the American Bar on its “The World Justice Project” — an Initiative to promote the rule of law the world over. In July, 2008, he was invited by the American Bar Association to receive the ‘2008 Rule of Law Award’ on behalf of those Judges of Pakistan who demonstrated courage in upholding the ‘Rule of Law’ in the country.
He is Co-chair of the Hague Conference Mediation Committee in Family International Law.
A lover of poetry, antiques and films, Justice Jillani is related to the new ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani and former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gillani who Chaudhry forced to step down last year.
Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani recently resigned from his position as Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) to assume the top judicial post of the country.