Abdul Rashid (judge)

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Star-of-India-silver-centre.svg Sir
Abdul Rashid
Jinnah oath ceremony.jpg
Rashid (left) swearing-in Muhammad Ali Jinnah as Governor-General
1st Chief Justice of Pakistan
In office
27 June 1949 – 29 June 1954
Appointed by Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Muhammad Munir
Personal details
Born Abdul Rashid
(1889-06-29)29 June 1889
Lahore, Punjab, British Raj
(now Pakistan)
Died 6 November 1981(1981-11-06) (aged 92)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Alma mater FC College University
Cambridge University
(Law Tripos), and (LLM)
Inns of Court School of Law
Bar Exam
Honours Knight Bachelor
Star of India

Sir Mian Abdul Rashid, KCSI (Urdu: سر میاں اعبد الرشيد; b. 29 June 1889 – 6 November 1981) was the first Chief Justice of Pakistan, legal philosopher, one of the founding fathers of Pakistan, and a jurist. He belonged to well-known Arain Mian Family of Baghbanpura, Lahore.[1]


He received his early education at Central Model School in Lahore, and got his B.A. from Forman Christian College, also in Lahore, and a Tripos and Masters from Christ's College, Cambridge. In 1913 he was called to the Bar from the Inner Temple, London.

Law career[edit]

He started practising law at Lahore in 1913. He was appointed Assistant Legal Remembrancer in March 1925. From 1927 to 1931 he officiated as Government of Punjab's Advocate. He was appointed as Judge Lahore High Court in 1933. In 1946, he was made Chief Justice of Judicature at Lahore, and was knighted in that year's Birthday Honours list.[2]

First Chief Justice of Pakistan[edit]

On 15 August 1947, when Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was sworn in as the first Governor-General of Pakistan, Rashid, as the most senior Muslim judge in British India, administered the oath of office to him.

Honour and recognition[edit]

In 2005, the Government of Pakistan honoured him by naming a main road (7th Avenue) after him in the federal capital, Islamabad. The former Seventh Avenue down to Khayaban-i-Suhrawardy and the Kashmir Highway has been renamed Justice Sir Mian Abdul Rashid Avenue. ([1] Daily Dawn, 2 Sep' 2005)

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Legal offices
New office Chief Justice of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Muhammad Munir