CHAUDHRY, CHIEF JUSTICE IFTIKHAR MUHAMMAD (1947- ) President Pervez Musharraf appointed Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry of the Supreme Court as chief justice to succeed Chief Justice Nazim Hussain Siddiqui The appointment was announced on 8 May 2005, and Justice Chaudhry assumed his position on 29 June He is expected to serve for seven years until 2012, when he will reach the mandatory retirement age of 65 years This would be the third longest tenure in the court’s history, following that of Chief Justice A R Cornelius (1960-1968), and Muhammad Haleem (1981-1989) The announcement of Justice Chaudhry’s appointment put to rest the speculation that President Musharraf might ignore the tradition of choosing the most senior member of the court to become chief justice, by picking an individual regarded as more sympathetic toward him and his regime Justice Chaudhry was inducted into the Supreme Court on 4 February 2000, after a long career in Balochistan judiciary positions which included advocate general of Balochistan, additional judge in the Balochistan High Court, and chief justice of Balochistan High Court

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