Muhammad Rustam Kayani

Muhammad Rustam Kayani

Muhammad Rustam Kayani

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Muhammad Rustam Kayani also known as M. R. Kayani was a distinguished Pakistani jurist who served as Chief Justice of West Pakistan from 1958 to 1962. He is noted for his opposition to the dictatorship of General Ayub Khan.

He was from the village Shahpur located in Kohat. He was born on 18 October 1902 at the village Shahpur and in the home of Khan Bahadur Abdul Samad Khan Kayani. He passed the matriculation examination from Islamia High School Kohat and did his F.A from Edwards college Peshawar. He earned his Masters degree in English from Government college Lahore.

He started his career in Civil Service and after having served for eight years on the executive side, he was then transferred to the judiciary in 1938. He rose to become a judge of the Punjab High Court in 1949 and then the chief justice of the West Pakistan High Court in 1958. In 1956, he was elected president of the West Pakistan Branch of the CSP Association in which capacity he strove to uphold the status of the Civil Service of Pakistan. He was also the member of the famous Punjab Disturbances Court Of Inquiry.

As a judge and then chief justice, his speeches at various forums were widely covered by the national press because of the rare combination of intellect, wit, courage and integrity he personified. His characteristic brand of humour and caustic, witty remarks did not spare even presidents. The most popular speaker of the country in the last four years of his life, a collection of his speeches have...
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