Justice Gulzar Ahmed appointment new CJP
The appointment was approved by President Arif Alvi
Justice Gulzar Ahmed will be sworn in as the 27th chief justice of Pakistan on December 21 after being appointed by President Arif Alvi on Wednesday.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (3) of Article 175 A read with Article 177 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President is pleased to appoint Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed, the most Senior Judge of Supreme Court, as Chief Justice of Pakistan with effect from 21.12.2019,” read a notification issued from the Ministry of Law and Justice.
On Friday the law ministry forwarded a summary to the Prime Minister’s Office for the appointment of Justice Gulzar Ahmed as the new chief justice of Pakistan.
Incumbent CJP Asif Saeed Khosa, who became the country’s top judge in January last year, would retire on December 20 this year.
Justice Gulzar, after taking oath, will serve until February 1, 2022.
Born in Karachi on February 2, 1957, Justice Gulzar, after completing his education in law, pursued his career as a lawyer and initially served at the Sindh High Court (SHC) in 1986. Subsequently, in 1988 he elevated to the Supreme Court of Pakistan as an advocate.
Justice Gulzar was sworn in as Sindh High Court judge on August 27, 2002, and became the apex court’s judge on November 16, 2011.
He has been part of benches deciding high-profile cases and has authored many landmark judgements. Justice Gulzar was also part of the bench which heard the famous Panama case and disqualified the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a historic judgement.
His elementary schooling was from the city’s Gulistan School, according to the Supreme Court website. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Government National College, Karachi after which he obtained his law degree from S.M. Law College, Karachi.
He enrolled as an advocate on January 18, 1986, and joined the High Court on April 4, 1988. Subsequently, he became an advocate of the Supreme Court on September 15, 2001.
Justice Ahmed was elected honorary secretary of the Sindh High Court Bar Association in Karachi for the year 1999-2000.
Throughout his legal practice, he mostly remained on the civil-corporate side, serving as the legal advisor to numerous multinational and local companies, banks and financial institutions.