Justice Jamali replaces Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, who retired from his post on Wednesday after attaining superannuation. Chief Justice Jamali was among those judges who refused to take a fresh oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) in 2007. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali was sworn as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan during a ceremony held at the Presidency on Thursday. President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to the new chief justice and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also present on the occasion. The ceremony was attended by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Aitzaz Ahsan, former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif, senior judges and lawyers and military officials.
Justice Jamali was elevated as Judge of the Sindh High Court in May 1998.He was reappointed as Judge and Chief Justice High Court of Sindh on August 27, 2008 and elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court in August 2009. Justice Jamali was elevated as Judge of the Sindh High Court in May 1998. He enrolled at the Sindh Bar Council as an Advocate of the Lower Court in 1975. In 1977, he admitted and enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court in 1977, and an Advocate of the Supreme Court ten years later. He practised mainly civil and constitutional law in Hyderabad, as mentioned on the Sindh High Court website.
Let’s have a detailed look at Chief Justice Jamali’s official profile. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, hails from noble religious family of Hazrat Qutub Jamal-ud-Din Ahmed Hansvi (583-659 A.H.), the disciple and Khalifa of Baba Farid-ud-Din Shakar Gunj of Pakpattan, belonging to the Chistia Order of Mystics, parents migrated in the year 1947 from Jaipur, India. Born at Hyderabad (Sindh) on 31.12.1951; completed the Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and the Bachelor’s Degree in Law from University of Sindh in the years 1971 and 1973 respectively; enrolled at Sindh Bar Council as an Advocate of Lower Court on 10.01.1975, admitted and enrolled as an Advocate of High Court on 13.11.1977; admitted and enrolled as an Advocate of Supreme Court on 14.05.1987; practiced at Hyderabad (Sindh) mainly on civil and constitutional side;
His lordship was elected as President District Bar Association Hyderabad in the years 1983-84,1995-96,1996-97 and 1997-98; elected as Member, Sindh Bar Council from Hyderabad Division for two terms of five years each in the years 1989 and 1994; elected as Chairman Benevolent Fund Committee of Sindh Bar Council in the year1991; elected as Chairman Executive Committee of Sindh Bar Council in the year 1995 and held this position till his elevation to the Bench; also remained member of several other sub-committees formed by the Sindh Bar Council; remained office bearer of several other social, educational and human rights organizations at Hyderabad and attended their legal work on honorary basis.
His lordship’s love & affection with legal knowledge persuaded him to join Hyderabad (Sindh) Law College as Lecturer in the year 1984, where he served in that capacity for about two years; worked as counsel for UBL for about ten years and Legal Advisor of Catholic Board of Education and Saint Bonaventure’s High School, Hyderabad for over ten years.
Mr. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali was elevated as Judge of High Court of Sindh in May, 1998, also nominated as Administrative Judge, High Court of Sindh with effect from 07.06.2006 and continued as such till 03.11.2007 when he refused to take fresh oath under the Provisional Constitution Order No: 1 of 2007. Reappointed as Judge and Chief Justice High Court of Sindh on 27.08.2008 and elevated as Judge of Supreme Court on 03.08.2009.
His lordship was also nominated by the Governor of Sindh as Member Board of Governors for the Government Law College in Sindh (excluding Karac hi) in the year 1995; nominated by the Chief Justice, Sindh High Court, as Member Syndicate NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi in November 1999; nominated by the Chief Justice, Sindh High Court as Chairman Enrollment Committee, Sindh Bar Council in March 2000; nominated by the Governor of Sindh as Chairman Provincial Zakat Council Sindh for a term of three years in December 2003.