Chief Justice of Pakistan

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Chief Justice of Pakistan
منصف اعظم پاکستان‎ – Mansaf-e-Āzam
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Incumbent
Gulzar Ahmed

since 21 December 2019
Supreme Court of Pakistan
StyleThe Honorable
(formal)
Your Honor
(within court)
Mr. Chief Justice
(informal)
StatusChief justice
SeatSupreme Court of Pakistan Building, Islamabad, and
Lahore
NominatorPrime Minister of Pakistan
AppointerPresident of Pakistan
Term lengthVariable Until the age of 65
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Pakistan
Formation27 June 1949 (71 years ago) (1949-06-27)
First holderAbdul Rashid
(as Federal Chief Justice)

The Chief Justice of Pakistan heads the Supreme Court of Pakistan. These are the names of the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (known as the Federal Court until 1960).

List[change | change source]

Number Name Period of office Length of term (years, days) Bar Appointed by
1 Sir Mian Abdul Rashid 27 June 1949 29 June 1954 5 years, 0 days Lahore High Court Government of India Act 1935
2 Muhammad Munir 29 June 1954 2 May 1960 5 years, 308 days Lahore High Court Malik Ghulam Muhammad
3 Muhammad Shahabuddin 3 May 1960 12 May 1960 9 days Madras High Court Ayub Khan
4 A.R. Cornelius 13 May 1960 29 February 1968 7 years, 292 days Lahore High Court
5 S.A. Rahman 1 March 1968 3 June 1968 94 days Lahore High Court
6 Fazal Akbar 4 June 1968 17 November 1968 166 days East Pakistan High Court
7 Hamoodur Rahman 18 November 1968 31 October 1975 6 years, 347 days Calcutta High Court
8 Yaqub Ali 1 November 1975 22 September 1977 1 year, 325 days Lahore High Court Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
9 S. Anwarul Haq 23 September 1977 25 March 1981 3 years, 183 days Lahore High Court
10 Mohammad Haleem 23 March 1981 31 December 1989 8 years, 283 days Sindh High Court Zia-ul-Haq
11 Afzal Zullah 1 January 1990 18 April 1993 3 years, 107 days Lahore High Court Ghulam Ishaq Khan
12 Nasim Hasan Shah 17 April 1993 14 April 1994 362 days Lahore High Court
A* Saad Saud Jan 15 April 1994 4 June 1994 50 days Lahore High Court Farooq Leghari
13 Sajjad Ali Shah 5 June 1994 2 December 1997 3 years, 180 days Sindh High Court
14 Ajmal Mian 27 December 1997 30 June 1999 1 year, 185 days Sindh High Court Wasim Sajjad
15 Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui 1 July 1999 26 January 2000 209 days Sindh High Court Rafiq Tarar
16 Irshad Hasan Khan 26 January 2000 6 January 2002 1 year, 345 days Lahore High Court
17 Bashir Jehangiri 7 January 2002 31 January 2002 24 days Peshawar High Court Pervez Musharraf
18 Sheikh Riaz Ahmad 1 February 2002 31 December 2003 1 year, 333 days Lahore High Court
19 Nazim Hussain Siddiqui 31 December 2003 29 June 2005 1 year, 180 days Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (1st) 29 June 2005 9 March 2007 1 year, 253 days Balochistan High Court
A Javaid Iqbal 9 March 2007 24 March 2007 15 days Balochistan High Court
A Rana Bhagwandas 25 March 2007 20 July 2007 87 days Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (2nd) 20 July 2007 3 November 2007 136 days Balochistan High Court
21 A. H. Dogar 3 November 2007 21 March 2009 1 year, 138 days Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (3rd) 21 March 2009 11 December 2013 4 years, 265 days Balochistan High Court Asif Ali Zardari
20 Tassaduq Hussain Jillani 12 December 2013 6 July 2014 176 days Lahore High Court Mamnoon Hussain
22 Nasir-ul-Mulk 7 July 2014 16 August 2015 1 year, 70 days Peshawar High Court
23 Jawwad S. Khawaja 17 August 2015 9 September 2015 23 days Lahore High Court
24 Anwar Zaheer Jamali 10 September 2015 30 December 2016 1 year, 111 days Sindh High Court
25 Mian Saqib Nisar 31 December 2016 17 January 2019 2 years, 17 days Lahore High Court
26 Asif Saeed Khan Khosa 18 January 2019 20 December 2019 336 days Lahore High Court Arif Alvi[1][2][3]
27 Gulzar Ahmed 21 December 2019 344 days Sindh High Court
  • A Acting
  • ± Recess appointment, later rejected by the Supreme Judicial Council. All decisions voided due to illegality of appointment.
  • Died in office

References[change | change source]

  1. "Justice Asif Saeed Khosa appointed new Chief Justice of Pakistan". The News. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  2. Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (2019-01-03). "Alvi approves Justice Khosa's appointment as next CJP". Dawn. Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  3. Tribune.com.pk (2019-12-04). "Justice Gulzar to be sworn in as 27th chief justice of Pakistan on Dec 21". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2019-12-04.