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The chief justice of Pakistan (Urdu: منصف اعظم پاکستان) (initials as CJP) is the head of the court system of Pakistan (the judicature branch of government) and the chief judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The officeholder is the senior most of 17 senior justices of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. The Federal Court of Pakistan was established by Governor-General Jinnah's Order in February 1948. Until 1956, the chief justice and senior justices were known by the title of 'Federal Judge', and the Federal Court of Pakistan operated out of a wing of the Lahore High Court, despite the federal capital's location in Karachi. The enactment of Pakistan's first constitution in March 1956 redesigned it as the 'Supreme Court of Pakistan.' The chief justice is the chief administrative officer of the country's court system and the highest judicial officer, ranking immediately above the chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court, and is responsible for supervising federal judicial policies, and conducting judicial business in the Supreme Court. Nomination for the appointment of the chief justice is made by the prime minister of Pakistan, and final appointments are confirmed by the president of Pakistan. Presiding over the oral arguments before the court, the chief justice has significant agenda-setting power over meetings of the Supreme Court. In modern tradition[clarification needed], the chief justice has the ceremonial duty of administering the oath of office of the president of Pakistan. The first chief justice was Sir Abdul Rashid. The current chief justice is Umar Ata Bandial; incumbent since 2 February 2022.

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1. List of Chief Justices

Pakistan's longest-serving chief justice was Mohammad Haleem for total of 3,205 days. The shortest-serving chief justice was Muhammad Shahabuddin, who died in office 9 days after taking oath. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is the only justice to have served non-consecutive terms, for a total of three terms with total of 2,480 days.

Number Name Period of office Length of term (years, days) Bar Appointed by
1 Sir Mian Abdul Rashid 1949 1954 5 years, 0 days Lahore High Court Government of India Act 1935
2 Muhammad Munir 1954 1960 5 years, 308 days Lahore High Court Malik Ghulam Muhammad
3 Muhammad Shahabuddin 1960 1960 9 days Madras High Court Ayub Khan
4 A.R. Cornelius 1960 1968 7 years, 292 days Lahore High Court
5 S.A. Rahman 1968 1968 94 days Lahore High Court
6 Fazal Akbar 1968 1968 166 days East Pakistan High Court
7 Hamoodur Rahman 1968 1975 6 years, 347 days Calcutta High Court
8 Yaqub Ali 1975 1977 1 year, 325 days Lahore High Court Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry
9 Sheikh Anwarul Haq 1977 1981 3 years, 183 days Lahore High Court
10 Mohammad Haleem 1981 1989 8 years, 283 days Sindh High Court Zia-ul-Haq
11 Afzal Zullah 1990 1993 3 years, 107 days Lahore High Court Ghulam Ishaq Khan
12 Nasim Hasan Shah 1993 1994 362 days Lahore High Court
13 Sajjad Ali Shah 1994 1997 3 years, 180 days Sindh High Court Farooq Leghari
14 Ajmal Mian 1997 1999 1 year, 185 days Sindh High Court Wasim Sajjad
15 Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui 1999 2000 209 days Sindh High Court Rafiq Tarar
16 Irshad Hasan Khan 2000 2002 1 year, 345 days Lahore High Court
17 Bashir Jehangiri 2002 2002 24 days Peshawar High Court Pervez Musharraf
18 Sheikh Riaz Ahmad 2002 2003 1 year, 333 days Lahore High Court
19 Nazim Hussain Siddiqui 2003 2005 1 year, 180 days Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (1st) 2005 2007 1 year, 253 days Balochistan High Court
A Javaid Iqbal 2007 2007 15 days Balochistan High Court
A Rana Bhagwandas 2007 2007 87 days Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (2nd) 2007 2007 136 days Balochistan High Court
21 A. H. Dogar 2007 2009 1 year, 138 days Sindh High Court
20 Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry (3rd) 2009 2013 4 years, 265 days Balochistan High Court Asif Ali Zardari
20 Tassaduq Hussain Jillani 2013 2014 176 days Lahore High Court Mamnoon Hussain
22 Nasir-ul-Mulk 2014 2015 1 year, 70 days Peshawar High Court
23 Jawwad S. Khawaja 2015 2015 23 days Lahore High Court
24 Anwar Zaheer Jamali 2015 2016 1 year, 111 days Sindh High Court
25 Mian Saqib Nisar 2016 2019 2 years, 17 days Lahore High Court
26 Asif Saeed Khan Khosa 2019 2019 336 days Lahore High Court Arif Alvi[1][2][3][4]
27 Gulzar Ahmed 2019 2022 2 years, 42 days Sindh High Court
28 Umar Ata Bandial 2022 2023 1 year, 226 days Lahore High Court
29 Qazi Faez Isa 2023 2024 1 year, 38 days Balochistan High Court Supreme Court of Pakistan[5][6][7]
30 Ijazul Ahsan 2024 2025 282 days Lahore High Court
31 Syed Mansoor Ali Shah 2025 2027 2 years, 114 days Lahore High Court
32 Munib Akhtar 2027 2028 1 year, 15 days Sindh High Court
33 Yahya Afridi 2028 2030 1 year, 39 days Peshawar High Court
  • A Acting
  • ± Recess appointment, later rejected by the Supreme Judicial Council. All decisions voided due to illegality of appointment.
  • Died in office

2. Timeline

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References

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