Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has appointed the senior most judge of the Supreme Court Justice Saqib Nisar as Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Justice Saqib will be the 25th CJP after Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who will retires on 30 December 2016 and will remain on this post until 17 January 2019, his retirement date.

He has been Justice of the Supreme Court since 18 February 2010 and has served as judge of Lahore High Court prior to that. Before becoming a judge, he was an advocate of Supreme Court Bar Association and Lahore High Court Bar Association. He was elected Secretary General of Lahore High Court Bar Association in 1991.

On 29 March 1997, he was also appointed as Federal Law Secretary. As an advocate, he practiced in areas of civil, commercial, tax and constitutional laws.