The President on Wednesday approved the appointment of Justice Tassaduq Jillani as the next chief justice of the Supreme Court, according to official sources.

Justice Jillani who is acting chief election commissioner, will take over on December 12 from Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry when he retires after a tenure of eight years.

A Supreme Court judge since 2004, he too was sacked like many others after General Pervez Musharraf imposed an emergency in 2007.