Javed Iqbal (judge)

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Javed Iqbal
جاوید اقبال
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Senior Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan
In office
5 October 1986 – 4 October 1989
Nominated by General Zia-ul-Haq
Appointed by General Zia-ul-Haq
Preceded by Justice Ali Hussain Qazilbash
Succeeded by Justice Saad Saood Jan
Chief Justice of Lahore High Court
In office
8 March 1982 – 5 October 1986
Nominated by General Zia-ul-Haq
Appointed by General Zia-ul-Haq
Preceded by Justice Shamim Hussain Qadri
Succeeded by Justice Ghulam Mujaddid Mirza
Personal details
Born (1924-10-05)5 October 1924
Sialkot, Punjab Province, British Indian Empire
Died 3 October 2015(2015-10-03) (aged 90)
Lahore, Pakistan
Resting place Lahore, Pakistan
Citizenship British Raj British India (1924–1947)
 Pakistan (1947–2015)
Nationality British Indian (1924–1947)
Pakistani (1947–2015)
Spouse(s) Justice Nasira Iqbal
Relations Yousuf Salahuddin (nephew)
Children Waleed Iqbal (son)
Parents Sir Muhammad Iqbal (Father)
Sardar Begum (mother)
Alma mater Government College University
(BA and MA)
University of Cambridge
Occupation philosopher of law, jurist, and judge
Profession philosopher
National awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz

Senior Justice Javed Iqbal (Urdu: جاوید اقبال‎; 5 October 1924 – 3 October 2015) HI was a Pakistani philosopher and senior justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He was internationally known for his acclaimed publications on philosophy of law and modern Islamic philosophy in reputed international and national journals.

He was the son of the poet-philosopher Dr. Muhammad Iqbal and authored various books on Pakistan's nationalism, movement and political ideology. Apart from philosophy, Javed had a prolific career in the Judiciary of Pakistan and was a former Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court before being elevated to the Supreme Court.

Early life[edit]

Iqbal was born in Sialkot on 5 October 1924 to Allama Muhammad Iqbal and his second wife, Sardar Begum.[1] His mother died when he was 11, and his father died when he was 14.[2]

Javed Iqbal received the following educational degrees and distinctions: BA (Hon.) degree in 1944 from the Government College, Lahore, MA degree in English, and MA degree in Philosophy (Gold Medallist) in 1948, Punjab, Doctor of Philosophy degree in Philosophy in 1954 from the University of Cambridge, UK, Barrister-at-Law, Lincoln's Inn, London, in 1956.[1] He has received honorary doctorates from Villanova University, USA, and Selcuk University'


Javed began as an advocate in Lahore High Court, and later became a judge and Chief Justice of this court. He was also a judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan, and Elected member, Senate of Pakistan (Upper House of Parliament).

He has published papers on Islamic political thought, political ideology in Pakistan and the philosophy of his father, Muhammad Iqbal, which were published in national and international journals. During 1960–62 and in 1977, he was the delegate of Pakistan to the United Nations General Assembly.

He has argued in favour of reforms in the Hudud laws of Pakistan.

He was married to Nasira Iqbal, a retired Lahore High Court Judge.


Javed Iqbal died on 3 October 2015. He was under treatment for cancer at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Lahore.[3]

Iqbal on his son[edit]

Javed's father, Iqbal, named his book, Javid Nama, after his son. He also wrote many poems to Javed Iqbal, indirectly addressing the Muslim youth.

Here is an excerpt from the translation of Bal-i-Jibril (Gabriel's Wing)

(On Receiving His First Letter From London)

Create a place for thyself in the world of love;
Create a new age, new days, and new nights.

If God grant thee an eye for nature's beauty,
Converse with the silence of flowers; respond to their love.

Do not be beholden to the West's artisans,
Seek thy sustenance in what thy land affords.

My ghazal is the essence of my life-blood,
Create thy elixir of life out 'of this essence.

My way of life is poverty, not the pursuit of wealth;
Barter not thy Selfhood; win a name in adversity.[1]


Javed's publications include the following:

  • Ideology of Pakistan (1959)
  • Stray Reflections: A Note-Book of Iqbal (1961)
  • Legacy of Quaid-e-Azam (1968, published in English and Urdu)
  • Mai Lala Faam (1968, collection of papers on Iqbal, in Urdu)
  • Zinda Rood (1984, biography of Iqbal in three volumes, in Urdu)[2][4]
  • Afkare-Iqbal (1994, interpretation of Iqbal's thought)
  • Pakistan and the Islamic Liberal Movement (1994).
  • Jahan-I Javed : darame, Afsane, Maqale
  • Islam and Pakistan's Identity
  • The Concept of State in Islam : A Reassessment
  • Apna Greban Chaak, (autobiography)
  • Khutbat e Iqbal


  1. ^ a b "Justice (R) Dr. Javed Iqbal". Senate of Pakistan. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Second opinion: Dr Javed Iqbal: living under a great man’s shadow". Daily Times. 24 January 2003. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal passes away in Lahore - The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2015-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Zinda Rood". Scribd. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 

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