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Pakistan appoints sharia court judge as new CEC

Justice Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan was on Friday named Pakistan’s new chief election commissioner, a day before the expiry of a Supreme Court deadline to fill the key constitutional office lying vacant for over 16 months. 

The announcement was made by senator Rafiq Rajwana, chief of the parliamentary committee that appointed Justice Khan, 69. Rajwana said Islamuddin Shaikh of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) proposed the name of justice Khan and it was supported by all party members during the meeting of the committee. Members of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) did not attend the meeting.  PTI members have refrained from attending meetings of the parliamentary panel since party legislators resigned en masse at the peak of their protests in Islamabad in August.

Justice Khan, who belongs to Abbottabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is the chief justice of federal shariat court and he retired as a judge of the Supreme Court in 2011.



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