Pak's Hindu CJ Took Oath with a Quranic Prayer

March 26, 2007

Source: The Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Justice Rana Bhagwan Das might be the first Hindu judge to take over as the Acting Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court, but took oath with a Quranic prayer as stipulated by a rule introduced by late military ruler Zia-ul-Haq.

Justice Das, who is an expert in Islamic law, but has remained devout Hindu took the oath reciting "Bismillah, (in the name of Allah the most beneficent and most merciful", local daily The News reported.

He took a similar oath when he became the judge of Sindh High Court and later Supreme Court.

The text of oath incorporating a Quranic prayer "may Allah Almighty help and guide me, A'meen) was introduced by Zia in the 1973 constitution through a special Presidential order in 1985 and has been in vogue ever since.

Justice Das's appointment has hit the headlines all over the world as the Hindu judge was made ACJ on his return from a pilgrimage from India by virtue of being the senior most judge of the apex court.