By Anahita Zurvan

Baaghi brings you the best and the exclusive. Amidst the rumors and speculations, here is the real scoop. 

He served as the 21st Chief Justice of Pakistan from 12 December 2013 to 5 July 2014, and also previously delivered duties as a Justice of the Supreme Court from 2004, after being nominated Justice of the Lahore High Court by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1994. Justice Jilani is know for believing in the liberal judicial philosophy, blended with Islamic readings of constitutional jurisprudence. Justice Jilani was appointed by President Mamnoon Hussain and was nominated by former disqualified PM, Nawaz Sharif.

After the retirement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in December 2013, Justice Jilani was elevated to the rank of Chief Justice of Pakistan.

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Justice Jilani’s Academic Background:

Jillani attended Government Emerson College Multan and Forman Christian College University (FCCU), and  earned BA and MS degrees in political science. following this, he gained a Bachelor of Laws degree  from the Punjab University. Jillani later completed a course in constitutional Law from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the London University.

He also holds an honorary doctorate degree in “Humane letters” from Southern Virginia University which was conferred upon him in a special convocation on 12 October 2007.

Justice Jilani, being a progressive judge, issued many landmark decisions on the issues of honor-killing, women-right, right-to-education, minority right, and freedom of religion. Critical to remember here that his suo moto decisions on minority rights and freedom of religion came following the tragic Peshawar church attack in 2013, respected as the broadest interpretation of religious freedom laws in Pakistan’s history.

Justice Jilani’s name was proposed for 7th Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf among three others. 

According to a sources, Zulfiqaar Khosa will be the next CM Punjab succeeding CM Shahbaz Sharif of PML-N, whereas Ishrat-ul-Ibad is also trying very hard to be the next Sindh’s CM but his opposition seem to be very strong for letting it to be dished out to him. Former PM, Zafar ullah jamali, is trying for his nephew to be caretaker CM in Baluchistan.

“The five-year constitutional term of the National Assembly and the Punjab Assembly is going to end on May 31 while those of the Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan assemblies three days before i.e, on May 28,” according to an official source of ECP.