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Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa sworn in as 26th Chief Justice of Pakistan

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa has sworn in as the 26th chief justice of Pakistan today, Friday 18th January.
The oath to the new CJP was administered by the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi in a ceremony held at the President House Islamabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani, Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri, members of the federal cabinet, parliamentarians, services chiefs, serving and retired judges of the Supreme Court, lawyers, and many other dignitaries attended the oath taking ceremony.

Khosa, 64, will serve as the chief justice for almost eleven months and will retire on December 20 this year. He has replaced Chief Justice (retd) Mian Saqib Nisar who retirement on completion of his tenure.

Newly sworn-in CJP is known as the “poetic justice” for he often cites works of literature in his judgments. He is regarded as Pakistan´s top expert in criminal law and holds a degree of masters in English Language and Literature.

Justice Khosa has been part of the two very important and prominent cases. He headed the bench which upheld the conviction of Mumtaz Qadri in 2015 for the murder of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer and also last year in October, he was part of the bench that acquitted Aasia Bibi, a Christian woman jailed for blasphemy.

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He was also among the judges who disqualified former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from politics for life, after corruption allegations in 2017.

He cited the Balzac epigraph from Mario Puzo´s 1969 novel “The Godfather”, in his judgment, which reads: “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.”

He also headed the larger bench of the Supreme Court in 2017, that was hearing the “Panama Case” related to the alleged money laundering and off-shore illegal investment by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family.

Justice Khosa was also part of the larger bench of seven Supreme Court justices which heard Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani’s contempt of court case in 2012.

Justice Khosa is in-charge of the Federal Judicial Academy, Islamabad since 2015, and is also a member of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan and the Supreme Judicial Council of Pakistan since 2015.

Saman Siddiqui

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