SUNDAY TIMES ISLAMABAD: He will take oath at a ceremony at the President House in Islamabad. His term as the CJP will continue till 20th December, 2019.

Outgoing Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, who assumed his office on December 31, 2016, is set to retire today (Thursday).

Born on December 21, 1954, in Dera Ghazi Khan, Justice Khosa passed his matriculation exam in 1969 from the Multan Board. In 1973 he appeared for the B.A exams from Government College Lahore at Punjab University and secured the first position. He did his Master’s in English language and literature from the University of the Punjab in 1975.

Justice Khosa then attended the University of Cambridge’s Queens’ College, obtaining a Master’s degree in law with a specialisation in Public International Law. Later he was called to the bar on July 26, 1979, at the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London.

Barrister Khosa was then appointed as a judge at the Lahore High Court in May 1998. When on November 3, 2007, former president General (retd.) Musharraf declaring a state of emergency suspended the constitution and demanded the judges of the superior judiciary to retake oaths under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO), Justice Khosa refused to abide by the presidential order.

Resultantly, he was sacked from the office among other judges of high courts and the SC.

On August 18, 2008, Justice Khosa was restored to his prior position as a High Court judge in the wake of an unprecedented mass movement to restore the superior judges sacked for not retaking their oaths under the PCO.

The movement, initially launched by lawyers later attracted political workers and civil society activists.