Tassadduq Hussain Jillani (Urdu: تصدق حسین جیلانی) is the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and a former justice of Lahore High Court. Jillani has replace Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as Chief Justice.
Justice Jillani was born on July 6, 1949 in Multan. His father's name was Muhammad Ramzan Shah Jillani.He is married to Khalida Jillani and together they have three sons and a daughter. Jillani is related to the current ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani and a former prime minister who Chaudhry forced to step down last year.
Education and training
Tassaduq Hussain Jillani did his bachelor from Governmnent Emerson College Multan and obtained a degree in the M.A. in Political Science from Forman Christian College and subsequently a graduate degree in Law from the University of the Punjab.Justice Jillani received ‘Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters’ from Southern Virginia University in a special convocation in 2007. He also completed a course in Constitutional Law from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London.
Tassaduq Hussain Jillani started practice at District Courts, Multan in 1974. He enrolled as an Advocate of the High Court in 1976.
Jillani was elected General Secretary, District Bar Association, Multan in 1976 and in 1978, was elected Member of the Punjab Bar Council.
Jillani was appointed as Assistant Advocate General Punjab in July 1979.
He enrolled as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1983.
In 1988, he was promoted as Additional Advocate General Punjab. In 1993, he was appointed as Advocate General of Punjab.
Justice Jillani was elevated as a Judge of Lahore High Court on August 7, 1994.
He was elevated as Judge Supreme Court of Pakistan on July 31, 2004.
World Justice Project
Tassaduq Hussain Jillani serves as an Honorary Co-Chair for the World Justice Project. The World Justice Project works to lead a global, multidisciplinary effort to strengthen the Rule of Law for the development of communities of opportunity and equity.
Acting Chief Election Commissioner
Honourable Mr. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani‚ senior judge of the Supreme Court‚ took oath as Acting Chief Election Commissioner at a simple ceremony in Lahore on August 17, 2013.
Reappointment in 2008
On November 3, 2007, Justice Jillani did not take oath on PCO of 2007. He was declared to have been retired from the Supreme Court. However, on September 5, 2008, he accepted a reappointment to Supreme Court. He was to retain his seniority as if he had never retired.
After restoration of Chief Justice Muhammad Iftikhar Chaudhry on March 23, 2009, President Asif Ali Zardari, issued an executive order that restored justice Jillani and all other justices who had accepted reappointment.
On July 31, 2009 a 14 panel court held that declaration of emergency and imposition of PCO of 2007 was illegal and invalid. It also held that removal of all justices from higher judiciary was not valid. It further held that reappointment of justices had no legal effect as their removal in the first place was not valid.