Islamabad: The federal government on Wednesday announced that Supreme Court Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will be the next Chief Justice of Pakistan, from January 18.
Justice Khosa is son-in-law of former chief justice Nasim Hassan Shah and one of the top jurists on criminal law. During his career, that stretched over a period of more than nineteen and a half years where he has decided about 55,000 cases so far.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa was born on December 21, 1954, he obtained his law degree from the UK in 1976. He will serve as the chief justice of Pakistan until December 20. He is among those Lahore High Court (LHC) judges,who declined to take oath under the November 3, 2007 Provisional Constitution Order (PCO).
His biggest contribution during his career is the clearance of backlog of the criminal cases. He almost gave verdict over 10,000 cases of criminal nature since 2014. At this time only few criminal cases are on pending.
Justice Khosa led a special bench that heard criminal appeals and solved all the cases that were filed since 1994. Now, he is hearing the appeals that filed in 2018.
Surprisingly, the is not concept of adjournment in Khosa’s court room. It is observed that after hearing from witnesses he doesn’t reserve his verdict and announces the court verdict.
His hard work, interest towards the distribution of justice has led him to acquit prisoners over more than a decader.
He also took steps for speedy trials for murder cases in districts of Punjab.
The incoming chief justice was elevated to the Supreme Court on February 18, 2010 and then he remained part of the bench of Supreme court.