New CEC Takes Oath

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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This Saturday, Justice (retd) Sardar Mohammad Raza took his oath as the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan at the Supreme Court in Islamabad.  He holds the honor of being the 25th Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan.

The Chief of Pakistan, Justice Nasirul Mulk, administered the oath of office to Justice Raza. Many officials were present at the ceremony which included Election Commission of Pakistan officials, Supreme Court judges and also the Attorney General of Pakistan. Yesterday Justice Raza had to give his resignation from his post of chief justice of Federal Shariat Court (FSC)to be able to hold his new position of CEC. According to Dawn News, Justice Raza was born in 1945 in Namli Maira in Abbottabad district; Khan has an MA in economics and an LLB degree from Punjab University. It further informed that the Justice became a civil judge in 1968 and fast earned the reputation of one unwilling to budge from his principles.

The online portal also informs that he was appointed chief justice of the Peshawar High Court in 2000 by Mohammad Rafiq Tarar and two years later became a judge at the Supreme Court. After refusing to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) on Nov 3, 2007, he was removed from the Supreme Court after the imposition of emergency by then military ruler Pervez Musharraf. He was reinstated to the court under the democratically-elected government which came to power in 2008.


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