New Chief Justice of Pakistan: Qazi Faiz Isa was sworn in as the 29th Chief Justice of Pakistan on Sunday (September 17). Qazi Faiz Isa’s tenure as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan will be for 13 months, ending on October 25, 2024. Chief Justice Isa (63) was sworn in by President Arif Alvi at a ceremony held at Awan-e-Sadr in Islamabad in the presence of Caretaker Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar, Army Chief General Asim Munir, ministers and other senior officials.
Justice Isa was born on 26 October 1959 in Quetta. His father Qazi Muhammad Isa was a prominent member of the movement for the establishment of Pakistan. He was considered a close associate of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. His primary education took place in Quetta. Completed A and O level education at Karachi Grammar School. He then studied law in London, where he completed the Bar Professional Law.
Accusations against Chief Justice’s wife
When the notification of appointment of Qazi Faiz Isa was read out at the swearing-in ceremony of the new Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Isa and his wife Sarina Isa were also present. Usually, during such swearing-in ceremonies, immediate family members, including the spouse, are seated in the front row.
Qazi Faiz Isa’s wife Sarina came into limelight when she faced investigation by tax authorities in a case filed in 2019. At that time, he was shown walking with the help of a stick on TV channels. Tax officials had accused her that her husband had bought property in London, the ownership of which was with her. However, after some time Qazi Faiz Isa and his wife were acquitted after criticism from the legal community.
Challenge to the new Chief Justice of Pakistan
The new Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faiz Isa is considered an independent thinker. In 2019, one of his decisions targeted the powerful establishment over the dharna of a religious party in Faizabad, following which there was turmoil in the entire city. After this she got into trouble. A case of corruption was registered against him, but it was later dismissed by the Supreme Court.
The appointment of Qazi Faiz Isa comes at a time when Pakistan is facing serious constitutional, legal and political challenges. The main challenge before him will be to hold general elections within 90 days of the dissolution of Parliament on August 9.