Abdul Rashid (judge)
|1st Chief Justice of Pakistan|
27 June 1949 – 29 June 1954
|Appointed by||Muhammad Ali Jinnah|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Muhammad Munir|
29 June 1889
Lahore, Punjab, British Raj
|Died||6 November 1981
|Alma mater||FC College University
(Law Tripos), and (LLM)
Inns of Court School of Law
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.
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.
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.
First Chief Justice of Pakistan
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
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. ( Daily Dawn, 2 Sep' 2005)
- Biography on the Judiciary Section of the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation's Encyclopedia of Pakistan
- List of former Judges of the Pakistani Supreme Court
|New office||Chief Justice of Pakistan