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Sheikh Anwarul Haq : biography

11 May 1917 - 3 March 1995

Sheikh Anwarul Haq (‎ ; 11 May 1917 – 3 March 1995) was a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (23 September 1977 – 25 March 1981). He is considered "ill-famed" by some for giving legitimacy to General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq's martial law and for upholding the Lahore High Court decision sentencing Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to death for authorizing the murder of a political opponent. On 25 March 1981, Haq became the first Justice and only Chief Justice to refuse to take the oath under the military imposed PCO, resigning on conscientious grounds (see resignation letter, below right).

Born on 11 May 1917 in Jullundur, British Raj (now Jalandhar, India), Haq received early education in Wazirabad and Jullundur, passing his Matriculation Examination from the Government High School, Jalandhar, in 1932. He ranked first in his school and secured a scholarship. He graduated from D.A.V. College, Jullundur in 1936 with Economics and Political Science as his majors. He was awarded two scholarships and chose to attend Islamia College (Lahore), where he earned a master's degree in Economics. He ranked first in the 1938 M.A. (Economics) Examination at Punjab University, setting a new record in that subject. Haq participated in a large number of declamation contests and prize debates and was often judged as the best speaker.

In 1936–38, Haq took active interest in the formation of the All India Muslim Students Federation, and was a keen advocate of the assertion of the separate identity of Muslims. He attended the All-India Muslim League meeting in Calcutta in December 1937 as a student delegate.

Selected for the Indian Civil Service as a result of competitive examination held in 1939, Haq received a year of training at Oxford. Upon his return to India in November 1940, he was appointed Assistant Commissioner at Ferozepur. He later served at Simla, Gurgaon, and Hissar (in East Punjab), and held various posts in central and provincial government as follows:

Temporal Order Name of Post From To
1 Secretary to the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province Public Service Commission. Secretary to Government of Punjab, Pakistan, Medical & Local Government Department 22 February 1944 29 February 1944
2 Under-Secretary to Government of Punjab, Pakistan Revenue Department, Lahore 1 March 1944 1 May 1944
3 Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dalhousie, India 2 May 1944
4 Special Sub-Judge at Lahore for Judicial training 9 November 1944
5 Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dalhousie 28 May 1945
6 Deputy Commissioner, Gurdaspur, India June 1945 July 1945
7 District and Sessions Judge, Gurdaspur 3 November 1945
8 Assistant Commissioner, Gurdaspur 23 February 1946
9 Deputy Commissioner, Hisar, India 27 March 1946
10 Secretary to the Partition Steering Committee for Punjab, Pakistan 9 July 1947
11 Deputy Commissioner, Rawalpindi, Pakistan 8 August 1947
12 Deputy Commissioner, Montgomery (now Sahiwal), Pakistan October 1948
13 Deputy Commissioner, Sialkot April 1950
14 Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Government of Pakistan, Rawalpindi January 1952 December 1954
15 Training at Imperial Defence College (IDC), London January 1955 December 1955
16 Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Government of Pakistan, Karachi August 1956
17 Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Government of Pakistan, Karachi August 1956
18 District and Sessions Judge, Karachi February 1957
19 District and Sessions Judge, Lahore June 1958
20 Additional Judge, High Court of West Pakistan, Lahore 24 October 1959
21 Permanent Judge, High Court of West Pakistan, Lahore 24 October 1962
22 Member of the Law Reforms Commission May 1967
23 Acting leader of the legal expert delegation to the Republic of Somalia July 1969
24 Chief Justice Lahore High Court, Lahore, on dismemberment of One Unit 1 July 1970
25 Judge, Supreme Court of Pakistan 16 October 1972
26 Chief Justice of Pakistan 23 September 1977 25 March 1981
27 Acting President of Pakistan 20 April 1978 7 May 1978

Haq attended the Third Commonwealth and Empire Law Conference in Sydney, Australia in August–September 1965 as leader of the Pakistan delegation. He was interested in academic and educational activities and had been a member of the Syndicates of:

  • Punjab University
  • University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
  • Agricultural University of Lyallpur (now Faisalabad)
  • Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad

Haq was President of the Himayat-i-Islam Law College, Lahore, and member of the University Law College, Lahore committee for several years. He was acting Vice-Chancellor of Punjab University on multiple occasions. He was appointed as a member of the 1971 War Inquiry Commission from January 1972 to November 1974 along with CJ Hamoodur Rahman. He was also appointed as Chairman of the National Pay Commission and Armed Forces Pay Commission in January 1976. He represented the Pakistan Supreme Court at the centenary celebrations of the Supreme Court of Ghana at Accra in October 1976. He was appointed Chairman of the Commission on the Indus River System in September 1977. He was appointed Chairman of the Civil Services Commission in February 1978. He had been President of the British Universities Alumni Association, Lahore since 1962. He was a guest speaker at a large number of social, intellectual, and cultural functions in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Karachi.

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