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Justice Qazi Faez Isa Assumes Role as 29th Chief Justice of Pakistan

In a solemn ceremony at the Presidential palace in Islamabad, Justice Qazi Faez Isa was sworn in as the 29th Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP). Administered the oath by President Arif Alvi, Justice Isa's induction into this role was witnessed by a distinguished gathering, including caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar.

The ceremony, enveloped in an aura of deep respect, saw Justice Isa's wife, Sarina, standing beside him as he recited his oath. Among those present to mark this pivotal moment in Pakistan’s judiciary were eminent personalities from the government, military, including Army Chief Gen Syed Asim Munir, senators, foreign ambassadors, former chief justices, and other luminaries.

Justice Isa’s appointment comes in the wake of former Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial's retirement. Justice Bandial, who left his residence in Judges Colony, Islamabad, recently, had held the esteemed office for a commendable duration of over 19 months since February 2, 2022.

The journey to the apex of the judiciary for Justice Isa began in earnest on September 5, 2014, when he was first sworn in as a Supreme Court judge. His tenure as Chief Justice of Pakistan is anticipated to last till October 25, 2024.

A Glimpse into the Profile of the New CJP

Hailing from Balochistan, Justice Isa is the second individual from the province to be honored with the role of CJP, after Iftikhar Chaudhary. Throughout his illustrious career, Justice Isa has left an indelible mark with his judicial acumen. His leadership in landmark cases, including the Memogate Commission, the Quetta Tragedy Inquiry Commission, and the Faizabad Dharna Decision, stands as a testament to his unwavering commitment to justice.

A Brief Look at Justice Isa's Illustrious Journey

Born on October 26, 1959, in Quetta, Justice Isa comes from a family deeply rooted in Pakistan's history. His father, Qazi Muhammad Isa, was instrumental in the movement for Pakistan's establishment and was a close associate of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

After completing his initial education in Quetta and pursuing further studies at the renowned Karachi Grammar School, Justice Isa ventured to London to study law. He was registered as an advocate in the Balochistan High Court in 1985 and subsequently for the Supreme Court in 1998.

Having practiced law for over 27 years across the Balochistan High Court and the Supreme Court, Justice Isa’s professional trajectory took a pivotal turn when he was appointed Chief Justice of the BHC in 2009. This was followed by his elevation to the Supreme Court in 2014.

One of the defining moments of his career emerged during the 2007 state of emergency. Justice Isa, standing firm on his principles, refused to appear before judges he believed had breached their oath. It was post this event, in 2009, that he took on the role of a judge and subsequently as the chief justice of the BHC. By 2014, he had ascended to the Supreme Court.

Lately, Justice Isa has garnered attention due to his stance on the non-implementation of the Supreme Court Practice and Procedure Act, crafted during Shehbaz Sharif's tenure. Demonstrating his convictions, he has abstained from hearing cases for the past five months, choosing instead to work from his chambers.

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