Islamabad: Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took oath Thursday as Pakistan's 21st chief justice, succeeding Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the man responsible for military dictator General Pervez Musharraf's downfall.
President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath of office to Justice Jillani at the Presidency here, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.
According to APP, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, were also present at the ceremony.
Jillani follows in the office after Pakistan's longest serving Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who retired Wednesday.
According to the profile available from the Supreme Court, Justice Jillani was born July 6, 1949.
He did his Master's in political science from Forman Christian College, Lahore, LL.B. from the University of Punjab - Lahore and a course in constitutional law from the Institute of Advance Legal Studies, of the University of London.
He started practice at district courts Multan, Punjab, in 1974 and enrolled as an advocate of the Punjab High Court in 1976. He was elected the general secretary of the District Bar Association Multan in 1976 and a member of the Punjab Bar Council in 1978.