ISLAMABAD: New Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday formed a five-member larger bench to hear the Panamagate case just after taking oath.

The larger bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will start the hearing of the case on January 4. Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmad, Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan will be members of the bench.

Justice Amir Hani Muslim who was earlier hearing the Panamagate case has not been made part of the new bench.

The SC in November took up a slew of petitions seeking PM Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification in the wake of Panama Papers, which in April revealed that the PM’s family members had stashed money in offshore companies.

The outgoing Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, who conducted 10 hearings of the case, had adjourned the case till the first week of January. As he retired from the office, the old bench was dissolved.

It is important to mention here that Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took oath as the 25th chief justice of Pakistan, here on Saturday.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to Justice Nisar at a ceremony held at the presidency. The president had appointed Justice Nisar as the country’s top judge on Dec 7.