The former acting chief justice and chairman Federal Public Service Commission, Rana Bhagwandas has passed away in Karachi today.

The retired 72-year-old justice was undergoing a heart condition, for which he was being treated at the time he passed away.

Mr. Bhagwandas was born in Larkana, Sindh, in December 1942 and was the first Hindu and second non-Muslim head of the judiciary in Pakistan.

Having served in the Supreme Court after his High Court tenure, Mr. Bhagwandas was appointed as the acting Chief Justice in the absence of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in 2005 and 2006, before another appointment in 2007.

Justice (retd) Bhagwandas was also a supporter of the lawyer’s movement and was a respected member of the judiciary. After his retirement from the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2009, he was appointed as the chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission.

The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, along with President Mamnoon Hussain, and other high officials, including the Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan expressed their grief at the sad demise of Mr. Rana Bhagwandas.

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