Nominated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja took oath as the Chief Justice of Pakistan today at a ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. This ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, federal ministers Ishaq Dar and Pervaiz Rashid, the judges, the Senate chairman, the parliamentarians, the services chiefs and senior officials.
Justice Khawaja started his legal practice as an advocate of the Lahore High Court in 1975 and was a partner one of the largest law firms in Pakistan. In 1999, he became a judge of the Lahore High Court but resigned in 2007 in response to the maltreatment of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on 9 March.He served as the head of the Law and Policy Department of LUMS from October 2007 to May 2009.
He has been part of some important cases which include: the SHCBA case, the NRO case and the Makro-Habib case,.
The newly appointed CJ may pass orders in some important cases including legislation for the safety of labourers and matters regarding the regularisation of NGOs, as well as the investigation of mega scandals by the National Accountability Bureau. Justice Khawaja is the 23rd Chief Justice of Pakistan and will remain appointed on this post for 24 days.