President Muhammad Rafiq
Tarar hails from a relatively humble origin, and brings with him rich experience at the
Bar and 31 years of public service. He is noted for his legal scholarship, honesty and
devotion to justice.
Muhammad Rafiq Tarar was born on November 2, 1929, in a small village
Pir Kot, Ghakkar Mandi, Wazirabad Tehsil. He had his schooling in Ghakkar Mandi, from
where he completed his primary education and did his matriculation in 1945 from Government
Islamia High School, Gujranwala. In 1947, he passed FSc. from Guru Nanak Khalsa College,
Gujranwala, which was renamed as Islamic College after independence and graduated from the
Rafiq Tarar got his law degree from Punjab University Law College in
1951 and started his legal practice in Gujranwala.
In October 1966, he was appointed as Additional Sessions Judge and
served in the same capacity in Bahawalnagar and Sargodha.
He was elevated to the Lahore High Court in 1974, and served as a
member of the Election Commission of Pakistan from 1980, until his elevation as Chief
Justice of the Lahore High Court on December 13, 1989. He was elevated to the Supreme
Court in January 1991. He retired in October 1994, and was elected as a senator in March
1997. Though, he is becoming president after only 10 months in active politics, he brings
with him a rich experience of 31 years of public service.
Tarar is noted for his legal scholarship, his honesty and devotion to
justice, which is infused by a firm personal religious faith. Hailing from a relatively
humble background, he will be the first elected president to have made it to the top.