ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new chief justice took his oath of office on Thursday after his outspoken predecessor retired, ending an eight-year turbulent and at times controversial era. Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain swore in Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani after Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry stepped down a day earlier. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry and other top government officials including ministers attended the ceremony. Chaudhry, originally appointed in 2005 during the military rule of Pervez Musharraf and who came to be one of the architects of the former general’s downfall, has divided opinion. Some have praised him for fearlessly taking on politicians and security agencies, while others have criticized him for exceeding the proper authority of the chief justice and interfering in political matters. In June last year he chaired a Supreme Court bench that sacked the then-prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani after convicting him of contempt of court.