Muhammad Raza Khan

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Muhammad Raza Khan (Urdu:محمد رضا خان) is a former Federal Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights and a retired Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court. He was born in District Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 8 August 1946.

Muhammad Raza Khan
محمد رضا خان

Legislative Drafting

Senate of Pakistan
Assumed office
March 2016
Nominated byMian Raza Rabbani

Council of Islamic Ideology,

In office
June 2016 – March 2018
Nominated byMamnoon Hussain
Federal Secretary,

Government of Pakistan

Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights
In office
January 2012 – April 2016
Nominated byNawaz Sharif
Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court
In office
January 2008 – August 2008
Nominated byPervez Musharraf
Justice, Peshawar High Court
In office
January 2005 – December 2007
Nominated byPervez Musharraf


After graduating from the University of Peshawar in 1967, Khan went on to get double masters from the same university, firstly in political science in 1969, and English literature in 1971. After that, he obtained his LLB degree, also from the University of Peshawar in 1973, where he not only received a gold medal, but was also awarded with the President of Pakistan Award.

Overseas trainings[edit]

In 1988 he attended a training workshop on the role of middle management in Turkey. In 1990, he proceeded to London to attend a training on British Parliamentary Commissioners Organizational setup & Procedure at the Parliamentary Commissioners Office, United Kingdom. In 2000, Khan attended a workshop on enforcement of intellectual property rights organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Tehran, Iran.

Judicial and executive experience[edit]

After passing the competitive examination, Khan joined the PCS (Judicial Branch) in 1975, as a Civil Judge, and was promoted as Senior Civil Judge in 1977. In 1980, he was made the Additional District & Sessions Judge and thereafter District & Sessions Judge in 1982. Upon the creation of the office of Ombudsmen in Pakistan Wafaqi Mohtasib secretariat he took charge as Director in 1983 and was subsequently promoted as Director General (Complaints) and held the post between 1987-1994. Between 1994-1995, he was appointed as Secretary, Attorney-General for Pakistan Office of Attorney-General of Pakistan (AGFP). In 1994, he was appointed as Member, Federal Service Tribunal Federal Service Tribunal and he held this office till 1998. He assumed his duties at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights as Joint Secretary, in the year 2000 and was serving in the same capacity, till 2004, when he was elevated as Judge, Peshawar High Court. While still in service, in 2007, he was appointed as Federal Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights and after keeping that charge, for little over a year, in 2008 he was elevated and sworn in as the Chief Justice, Peshawar High Court[1] from where he retired upon attaining the age of superannuation, on 8 August 2008.

Post-retirement Honors[edit]

After laying down the robes, in 2010 Khan was given the task to serve the Parliament of Pakistan as a Constitutional Expert, 18th Amendment Implementation Commission[2] between 2010-2011.[3] After successful completion of tenure in 2011, Khan joined the office of Ombudsmen in Pakistan as Senior Advisor, Federal Ombudsman. In 2012, he assumed office, for the second time, as Federal Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights and held that charge till late 2013 when he was appointed as Special Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights[4] till his tenure completed in April 2016, As the Law Secretary, Mr.Khan, was also holding portfolio of Member, Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan.[5] In 2016, he was given the charge as Member, Council of Islamic Ideology which he is still holding.[6]


  1. ^ Shah, Waseem Ahmad (22 January 2008). "PESHAWAR: Raza takes oath as high court chief justice". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Commission formed for 18th Amendment implementation". 5 May 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Chairman and Members of Implementation Commission on 18th Amendment calls on Prime Minister Gilani". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Reshuffle: Nawaz appoints Barrister Zafarullah as new Law Secretary — The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 16 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Members of Law & Justice Commission of Pakistan". Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  6. ^ ":::Council Of Islamic Ideology|||Present Council:::". Retrieved 7 October 2016.

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Legal offices
Preceded by Chief Justice Peshawar High Court
21 January 2008 – 7 August 2008
Succeeded by