ISLAMABAD  - Justice (Retd) Ali Nawaz Chowhan has been appointed as chief justice Supreme Court of the Republic of The Gambia, says a statement issued by Foreign Office on Monday.

Gambian President Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh administered the oath to Justice Chowhan on March 6 last at a dignified ceremony held in Banjul, capital of Gambia. The cabinet ministers and other high-ranking officials of the government attended the ceremony. Pakistan and Gambia enjoy close and cordial relations. The appointment of a Pakistani judge to head the highest judicial body in Gambia attests the warmth and friendship that the two countries have been enjoying in their relations. Justice Chowhan is a distinguished and renowned international legal practitioner. He has served as a judge of the Lahore High Court. He has also served as a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Justice Chowhan is a graduate of Columbia Law School.

He is the second judge from Pakistan to serve as chief justice of The Gambia.