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Pakistan's new chief justice sworn in after Chaudhry's retirement

Published on Dec 12, 2013 3:01 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's new chief justice took his oath of office on Thursday after his outspoken predecessor retired, ending an eight-year turbulent and at times controversial era.

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain swore in Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry stepped down a day earlier.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry and other top government officials including ministers attended the ceremony.

Chaudhry, originally appointed in 2005 during the military rule of Pervez Musharraf and who came to be one of the architects of the former general's downfall, has divided opinion.

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