U.S. President Bill Clinton is greeted by Pakistani President Rafiq Tarar at the Presidency Building
Muhammad Rafiq Tarar with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
ISLAMABAD, Sept 29: President Rafiq Tarar here on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Pervaiz Musharraf as the ...
Pakistani President Mohammad Rafiq Tarar (L) greets Chinese Prime Minister Zhu Rongji
MaizaHameed Group photo with Ex-President Rafiq Tarar
Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (C) along with President of Pakistan Mohammad Rafiq Tarar
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz saira afzal tarar
Muhammad Rafiq Tarar was born on November 2, 1929, in a middle-class family of the village Pirkot in District Gujranwala, near Lahore
. After graduating from Islamia College, Gujranwala, in 1949, Mr. Tarar secured his Law Degree from Law College, Lahore, in the year 1951. The same year he was enrolled as a Pleader. In October 1955, he was enrolled as an Advocate in the Lahore High Court. He established a practice in Gujranwala before rising to the position of Chairman, Punjab Labor Court in 1970. Four years later he entered the High Court and was appointed as the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court. Earlier, during his days as Judge of the Lahore High Court, he also served as member of the Pakistan Election Commission. Justice Muhammad Rafiq Tarar was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme of Court
in 1991, from which he retired in November 1994 on attaining the age of 65 years.
Following his retirement from the Judiciary in March 1997, Mr. Tarar moved from a legal to a political career. He was elected as member of Senate on P. M. L. (N) ticket. On December 31, 1997, he was elected as the President of Pakistan. His appointment as the President is widely attributed to his close ties with the family of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.On June 20, 2001, by virtue of a Provisional Constitutional Order, he was replaced by General Pervez Musharraf, who himself became the President.
Immediately after Independence in 1947, Rafiq Tarar performed voluntary duty as a relief worker in camps set up by Muslim Students Federation for refugees, migrating from the riot-torn India to Pakistan. He has a passion for poetry and literature, with a deep insight into classic Persian Literature. He is married and has four children; three sons and a daughter.
President of Pakistan
After Farooq Leghari's Farooq Leghari
resignation in 1997, he was nominated as a candidate for the President of Pakistan.On 31 December 1997, in an indirect election,  Election in Pakistan
Tarar was elected by a huge margin,getting 374 of 457 votes of the Electoral College Electrol college Pakistan
against Aftab Mirani of PPP
(a PML(N)'s 
rival) who got 31 votes, and Muhammad Shirani of JUI(S) who got 22 votes. This was the largest margin in such elections.
Upon becoming President, Tarar was an unassuming and merely ceremonial figurehead who kept a low profile, and avoided news media, and he remained a devoted servant and loyalist of the Sharif family. He readily signed the Thirteenth,  Thirteenth amendent to the constitution of Pakistan
Fourteenth, Fourteenth amendent to the constitutiion of Pakistan
and Fifteenth amendments to the Constitution of Pakistan  Constitution of pakistan
that limited the powers of the presidency.
The President of Pakistan's powers had thus been slowly removed over the years, culminating in the 1997 Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan  Pakistan Armed Force
which removed virtually all remaining reserve powers, making the office almost entirely symbolic in nature as per the true spirit of the Pakistani constitution.
Tarar did not endorse the 1999 Pakistani cup stat  1999 Pakistani coup
by the Pakistani military which elevated General Pervez Musharraf
, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chairman joint cheif to staff committe
since he was an appointee of the Nawaz Sharif-regime.The Pakistani military thus decided not to retain Tarar as the President for his full term of five years, given his partisan attitude.On 21 June 2001, General Musharraf who acted as Chief Executive in capacity, enforced the Legal Framework Order, Legal framework order
2002; Musharraf removed Tarar as he read the paragraph: "Mr. Muhammad Rafiq Tarar has ceased to hold the office of the President with immediate effect."
Tarar retired from the national politics and settled in Lahore.He retained a good friendship with Nawaz Sharif and is a close retainer of the Sharif family. Third sharif ministry
His ex-daughter in law, Saira Tarar,  Saira tarar
is a member of the Third Sharif ministry, serving in Ministry of National Health Services
Regulation and Coordination Ministry of national health service regulation and coordination
Former President Rafiq Tarar Sabotaged Subverted the Judiciary
Mohammad Rafiq Tarar President of Pakistan speaks during the Inauguration ceremony of Universal Internet Access Stock
The Lahore High Court accepts (Feb 9, 1998) the constitutional petition filed by Rafiq Tarar against his disqualification by the (former) Acting CEC and declared him qualified to contest for and hold the office of President. The acting CEC, Justice Mukhtar Ahmed Junejo of the Supreme Court, had found Mr Tarar, a former Supreme Court Judge, guilty of propagating views prejudicial to the integrity and independence of the judiciary at the time of his nomination as a presidential candidate under Article 63(G) of the Constitution and debarred him from the December, 1997 contest. -
Former Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan, Syed Sajjad Ali Shah narrating details as to how Mian Nawaz Sharif and PML - N had attacked the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1997.
Nawaz Sharif ( PML - N
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