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Pakistan

Justice Qazi Faez Isa sworn in as 29th chief justice of Pakistan

  • He will serve till October 2024
  • Isa's nomination as the next Chief Justice of Pakistan was approved by President Dr Arif Alvi on June 21
Published September 17, 2023

Justice Qazi Faez Isa was sworn in as the 29th chief justice of Pakistan on Sunday, Aaj News reported.

A ceremony was held at Aiwan-i-Sadr in Islamabad during which President Arif Alvi administered the oath of office. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar and Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir were also present.

The ceremony began with the reading of the Holy Quran, followed by the announcement of Justice Isa’s appointment.

Afterward, the president administered the oath to Justice Isa, who was accompanied by his wife Sarina Isa.

Justice Isa’s nomination as the next Chief Justice of Pakistan was approved by President Dr Arif Alvi on June 21.

Justice Isa has been provided security as the CJP as per the law. The outgoing Chief Justice Bandial expressed best wishes for his successor. He has also vacated his official residence at Judges Colony.

Justice Bandial has served as the top judicial office for over 20 months, whereas Justice Isa will serve as chief justice for over a year, until Oct 25, 2024

Justice Faez Isa’s profile

Born on October 26, 1959, in Quetta, Qazi Faez Isa is the son of the late Qazi Mohammad Isa of Pishin and the grandson of Qazi Jalaluddin, the Prime Minister of Kalat State, according to information available on the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s website.

Justice Isa was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple, 1982) and enrolled as an advocate of the Balochistan High Court and as an advocate of the Supreme Court from Balochistan. He practiced law for over 27 years before all the High Courts of Pakistan, the Federal Shariat Court, and the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

He became a member of the Balochistan High Court Bar Association, Sindh High Court Bar Association and Life Member of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan.

Before Justice Isa’s elevation to the High Court, he was a senior partner and head of litigation in one of Pakistan’s leading law firms. He rendered his services as amicus curiae when called upon by the High Courts and Supreme Court of Pakistan and had also conducted international arbitrations.

He also served on the boards of the largest bank of Pakistan, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan and of the Quaid-e-Azam Mazaar Management Board.

After the proclamation of emergency of November 3, 2007, he elected not to appear before judges who had violated their oath. Subsequently, after the Supreme Court declared the action of November 3, 2007 constitutional, all the then judges of the High Court of Balochistan tendered their resignation, and on August 5, 2009 Justice Isa was directly elevated to the position of Chief Justice of the High Court of Balochistan.

At the time of his elevation, Justice Isa was the solitary judge in the High Court. He nominated judges, all of whom were confirmed, and thus reestablished the High Court of Balochistan. He reopened the High Court at Sibi which had remained closed for a number of years, and acquired land for the construction of the High Court at Turbat and approved the design of its building.

He then went on to upgrade all the courts in Balochistan focusing on facilitating access and providing facilities to the public.

Justice Isa introduced a system of transparent induction of officials and officers in the High Court after advertising such posts. During his tenure a large number of vacant judicial posts in the subordinate judiciary were filled. Each post was advertised and each applicant had to sit for a series of exams and acquire a minimum pass mark before being invited for an interview.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa took oath as a Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on September 5, 2014.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan’s website states that “Justice Isa’s judgments reflect a strong desire to adhere to the Constitution and the Rule of Law”.

He is also at pains to safeguard the public interest. He wrote a powerful dissent in the case assailing the Twenty-first Amendment to the Constitution, which enabled the trial of civilians by military court (District Bar Association, Rawalpindi v Federation of Pakistan, PLD 2015 Supreme Court 410, at 1158-1209), it said.

“Neither the Federation nor the provinces should invade upon the rights of the other nor encroach on the other’s legislative domain”, wrote Justice Isa (Sindh Revenue Board v Civil Aviation Authority, 2017 SCMR 1344) whilst striking down the imposition of ‘sales tax on services’ imposed on the Civil Aviation Authority, a federal regulatory authority, by the Sindh Legislature.

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Mark Sep 17, 2023 12:21pm
Congatulations Pakistan. Hope a new Judicial Era dawns.
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Parvez Sep 17, 2023 12:33pm
Justice Ess has a monumental task ahead of him......to restore the confidence of the people in the Supreme Court and see that Rule of Law and the Constitution are upheld and not abused by our lawmakers to suit their own interests.
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Shahid Khan Sep 17, 2023 01:12pm
He could not answered how his wife had flats in London. Never thought my beloved country would have this future
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KU Sep 17, 2023 01:12pm
The perception of justice and due process of law in Pakistan is the real concern. Even a layman understands that legislation enacted to save corrupt habits and avoid prosecution for the benefit of politicians and public servants is a dangerous act in democracy. The judiciary cannot choose to look the other way when selective legislation is passed to get a free pass from justice and accountability. In any case, let's see if the public gets a trick or treat.
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zaya zaya Sep 17, 2023 01:44pm
id he provide the money trail for his wife's houses in UK, TBA, I suppose!!! Let us see how much more damage to the Judiciary will he achieve by being a person who divided the judges on homesty but brought them together on Munafiqat and then he claims to have been from "the Federal Shariat Court" Bless Pakistan and its people and rid of Pakistan of such Munafiqs to their London Apartments asap. Watch after his retirement his home will be London.
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Johnny Walker Sep 17, 2023 02:04pm
Is Nawaz really doing the bhanghra in London today? Will the Qazi oblige the corrupt?
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ShariK Sep 17, 2023 02:05pm
Million dollar questions How come Judges and generals are worth millions of dollars on a government salary? Why Judge's wife has to stand next to her?
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FAS (Overseas Pakistani) Sep 17, 2023 02:15pm
CJP Qazi Faiz is totally different personality, I hope he will not follow footsteps of Mr. Bandial and will not fall for establishment. I foresee a very bright era for judiciary from Civil courts to Supreme court.
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XY Sep 17, 2023 02:17pm
One wonders when a Judge who could not provide evidence for foreign assets...could provide justice...in his court?
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Parvez Sep 17, 2023 02:33pm
Justice Isa has a daunting uphill task ahead of him.....he has to restore the lost faith of the people in the judiciary.
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Usman Sep 17, 2023 03:06pm
@Shahid Khan, he answered it.bit pti cult members couldn't accept it.Finally a new era in judiciary begins after the end corrupt compromised bandiyal is gone.He should be behind prison for supporting pti and was biased in his decisions and put the country in this mess.
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Doc Asad Sep 17, 2023 03:22pm
Another dark chapter starting in our country. The person who couldn't answer his wife's source of finances is now our chief justice :)
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Ch. K. A. Nye Sep 17, 2023 05:15pm
@Usman, and who supported the absconder and allowed him to run away to London for 4 years so far?
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imdad kolori Sep 17, 2023 06:36pm
Separated by accountability , United in munafaqat .
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AI Sep 17, 2023 07:22pm
Should Pakistan’s buckle up for a new rodeo show managed by handlers? Didn’t Justice Isa took a front row seat in the PDM led dog and pony show assembly proceedings?
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Abood Sep 17, 2023 07:35pm
@Ch. K. A. Nye, faiz hameed and Imran khan.Ad they knew keeping him in prison was giving him publicity.See how karma is now Imran is behind the bars and faiz is house arrest.
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Pakistani1 Sep 17, 2023 08:43pm
Please do not disappoint the people who are counting on you to bring justice within the entire judicial system.
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Maqbool Sep 18, 2023 04:59am
CJ sworn in by the same President that put cases against him and his wife.
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Awami Sep 18, 2023 06:59am
@Doc Asad, Money for investments came from his wife's father. Is it crime to be rich and help daughter to have good safe life in Europe/UK ? . What is wrong if Justice's father in-law wants to help his daughter to settle in UK where there good law and order and peace and tranquility.
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