Asif Saeed was appointed as the new chief justice of Pakistan, replacing Mian Saqib. On Wednesday, a notification was released by the law ministry of Pakistan declaring Asif Saeed to be the new Chief Justice of the country.
Saeed had been a senior justice at the Supreme Court of Pakistan since 31st December 2016. He has also served as the Justice of the Supreme Court since 18 February 2010 and as judge of the Lahore High Court, prior to that. He was called to bar at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, Great Britain on 26 July 1979, one of the world’s most prestigious body of lawyers and judges. Saeed was also one among those judges who refused to retake the oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (infamously called as PCO) when General Musharraf declared a state of emergency on 3 November 2007, suspending the constitution. Saeed was later restored to his position as high court justice on 18th August 2008 as a result of an unprecedented mass movement to restore the deposed judges launched by lawyers, political workers, civil society and human rights activists.
Saeed was one of the members of the larger bench of seven Supreme Court justices that was hearing Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani’s contempt of court case and one of the judges that was hearing the infamous Panama Case, related to the alleged money laundering and off-shore illegal investment by former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and his family.
A three-member delegation of Indian judges will arrive in Pakistan via the Wagah Border and attend the oath-taking ceremony of the Chief Justice.