Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk Retires, Jawwad Khawaja Takes Over as Head of Apex Court
Nasirul Mulk, the Chief Justice, will be putting his gavel away after a 13-month long stint as head of Pakistan’s superior judiciary. He will be remembered for his outstanding adherence to the policy of judicial restraint, something which is agreed upon and supported by the legal community. CJ Nasirul Mulk has proven to strengthen democracy in the country by his recent four historical judgements during his short tenure.
He is known for passing the order on August 15, 2014, in which, all state functionaries were restrained from taking any extra-constitutional steps in the prevailing situation. Justice Nasir was also heading the bench that had rejected the plea to disqualify PM Nawaz Sharif for lying on the floor of the National Assembly.
In addition, Justice Nasir, along with two other fellow judges, accepted the task of probing rigging claims in the last general elections. All the major parties appreciate and praise his conduct during the proceedings of the inquiry commission. After spending 86 days, the outgoing CJ rejected the rigging allegations.
Unlike ex-CJ Iftikhar, who was accused of meddling in government affairs, Justice Nasir’s term is known for adopting the policy of ‘judicial restraint’.
Following the retirement of Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja on Monday took charge as the head of the Supreme Court for a brief period of 24 days. President Mamnoon Hussain administered his oath in a solemn ceremony at the President House.