Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail takes oath as BHC chief justice

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Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail has taken oath as the new chief justice of the Balochistan High Court (BHC).

Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai administered the oath to the Justice Mandokhel in a ceremony held at the Governor House Quetta.

Justice Mandokhel replaces incumbent BHC Chief Justice Tahira Safdar, the first female chief justice of any high court in Pakistan — who will complete her term on October 4.

In September, President Arif Alvi approved the appointment of Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhali, as per a notification issued by the Law Ministry had stated.

Justice Mandokhail was born in Quetta on November 12, 1961, and is the son of a businessman. He received his early education from Federal Government High School, Quetta Cantonment. He did his Masters in Political Science and Economics from the University of Balochistan.

He completed his law degree in 1987 from the University Law College Quetta and was enrolled as an advocate in 1988. He was appointed as an advocate of the high court on May 31, 1990 and of the Supreme Court on May 12, 2001. He also became a lifetime member of the Supreme Court Bar Association.

He was then elevated as the senior puisne judge of the BHC. He swore oath as acting chief justice four times — in June 2011, March 2013, June 2013 and December 2013.