Justice Khalil Ur Rehman Ramday
Chief Honourable Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday is an ad-hoc judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He remained permannet judge of Supreme Court from 2002 to 2010. He was born in Lahore on January 13, 1945 in the famous Ramday Arain family of (late) Justice Mr. Muhammad Siddique as the fifth child and the third son. His late brother Chaudhary Muhammad Farooq had served as the Attorney General of Pakistan. His younger brother Chaudhary Asad-ur-Rehman, a politician, was elected as a Member of the National Assembly three times on a PML-N ticket and served as a Federal minister as well.
After receiving his early education in different schools of the Punjab, he matriculated from Central Model School, Lahore, and joined Government College, Lahore from where he migrated to Gordon College, Rawalpindi, on account of his father’s posting in the Federal Ministry of Law.
At Gordon College, Rawalpindi, he was the captain of the college tennis team. He was judged the best English and Urdu debater of the college. He also became the editor of the college magazine, “The Gordonian” and was later elected, un-opposed, as the president of the college Minerva Club.
After graduation, he joined the Punjab University Law College at Lahore, where he became secretary of the Punjab University Law Society, and the editor of the college magazine, “Al-Mizan”. He was declared the best English debater of 1968 in the Punjab University after winning the “Krishan Kishore Grover Goodwill Gold Medal Declamation Contest”. He graduated in 1968 with a top honors for best all round activities in academics, sports and debates.
Khalil ur Rehman Ramday himself was appointed Advocate General of Punjab in 1987 when PML-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif was Chief Minister of the province. Before that he was servign as Depurty Advocate General of province since 1984. He was among a large number of judges who were appointed in different high courts just before 1988 elections in anticipation of PPP’s victory. The move was seen to be aimed at denying PPP government right to nominate judges in the courts.
Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday was married to the daughter of former chief justice of Pakistan Justice Yaqoob Ali Khan, Quratulain Ramday (late). Mrs. Ramday was the chairperson of the Asia Chapter of Asia Pacific Cultural Center for UNESCO (ACCU) and the Punjab chapter of All Pakistan Women Association (APWA). She was also a Member of the Board of Governors of Queen Mary College Lahore. Mrs. Ramday died on Saturday, January 9, 2010, and was survived by her son, Mustafa and daughter, Aamena.
Aamena is married to Mr. Muhammad Aurangzeb, son of Justice Ramday’s elder brother Mr. Muhammad Farooq, a former Attorney General of Pakistan. Aamena and Zeb have twin children, Ismaeel and Jahan Ara, born on January 5, 1997. The twins are currently studying in the United World College of Singapore where Zeb is presently working as the Regional Head of Royal Bank of Scotland.
Mustafa is married to Aasma, the daughter of Ch. Ahmed Saeed, who is the chairman of Service Group of Pakistan, and a former chairman of Pakistan International Airlines. Mustafa and Aasma have a son named Asfandyar, born on January 15, 2005. Mustafa is a successful lawyer in Pakistan, and Managing Partner of Ramday Law Associates.
The family of Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday has been associated with Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) for many years. His elder brother Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman has been contesting elections for National Assembly on PML/IJI/PML-N ticket since 1988 and also served as a federal minister. Ch. Asad-ur-Rehman contested the 2008 elections on a PML-N ticket and stood a close third in a three way PPP, PML-Q PML-N contest. His late brother Farooq also aserved as Advocate General of Punjab under PML-N government. His nephew Muhammad Raza Farooq (late) served as Advocate General Punjab again under a PML-N government. Muhammad Raza Farooq died at a young age from a fatal heart attack in his Marriott hotel room in Islamabad, on Friday, May 14, 2010. Brigadier Anwar-ul-Haq Ramday was also Justice Ramday’s nephew, who laid down his life in the terrorist attack on G.H.Q. Rawalpindi in 2009. Muhammad Raza Farooq also has a wife named Ayesha Raza who teaches at Lahore School of Economics, and a 10 year old son named Ibrahim Raza who is currently studying at Aitchison.
Justice Ramday’s younger brother, Usman Mahmood, has spent his successful career working in the Middle-East, and is currently CFO of Zahid Group, and CEO of Ajil Finance. Mr Mahmood, a UK Chartered Accountant, is married to Rubina, and has three children, Maliha, Saquib and Khadija. Justice Ramday has had a very influential impact on Maliha and Saquib’s lives, and encouraged them at a young age to attend boarding schools in the UK. Following in the family footsteps, Maliha is a UK qualified solicitor, and currently works in Belgium. After attending the famous Harrow School in London, Saquib moved out to the USA to study at Wharton Business School, and is currently an Investment Banker in London. Saquib Ramday is married to Laura Shema Shemirani, daughter of Mr Mohammad Shemirani, a successful businessman from Tehran. Khadija is currently studying at Roedean School in Brighton.
Justice Ramday joined the legal profession at Lahore and enrolled as an advocate of the subordinate Courts in the year 1969. In 1971, he became an advocate of the High Court and in 1976 as an advocate of the Supreme Court.
In April 1976, he was appointed Assistant Advocate General of the Punjab, was promoted to Additional Advocate General in 1984, and was finally appointed as the Advocate General in March, 1987.
In October 1988, Justice Ramday was elevated to the bench of the Lahore High Court and was promoted to the judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in January, 2002. He became famous for presiding over the bench in the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry versus the Government of Pakistan in 2007.
On November 3, 2007, Chief of the Army declared emergency and issued a Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO). A seven panel Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry declared emergency as illegal and passed order that no judge of any superior court shall take oath on PCO. Justice Ramday refused to take oath on PCO as per ruling of Supreme Court. He was declared to be not holding office of the Justice any more. During the unrest that followed the imposition of emergency, he was placed under house arrest, along with many other judges of the Supreme and High Courts who had refused to take oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order.
Justice Ramday was restored to the bench of Supreme Court on March 17, 2009 as a result of historic movement that lasted for two years.
Justice Ramday has remained a visiting assistant professor at the Punjab University Law College, Lahore and is presently a member of the visiting faculty of the Civil Services Academy of Pakistan and the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) at Lahore since 1982. He regularly delivers lectures at the National Defence College, Islamabad, the Administrative Staff College of Pakistan, the Naval War College and the Air Force War College of Pakistan.
He has also been on the board of governors of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and the Lahore School of Economics and is now the chairperson of Shalamar Medical and Dental College (SMDC -LUMS). In addition, he has been a member of the syndicate of the Islamia University, Bahawalpur, and the Agriculture University, Faisalabad. Presently, he is a member of the board of governors of the Air University and the University of Modern Languages and Disciplines, Islamabad, and is a member of the syndicate of Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad.
In recognition of his services in the field of education especially the legal branch of education and the administration of justice, in May 2005, he was honored with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, which is rated amongst the top ten universities of India.
He has the honour of addressing the Gurukul Kangri University at Haridwar in India, where he had been invited to talk about inter-faith harmony. On the same topic, he addressed the Rotary International South Asia Goodwill Summit, 2007 held at Delhi in February, 2007.
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