Rafique Rajwana

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Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana
ملک محمد رفیق رجوانہ
Malik Rafique Rajwana at an Agricultural Partnership at Expo in Lahore (41151147234) (cropped).jpg
32th Governor of Punjab
In office
10 May 2015 18 August 2018
President Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi
Preceded by Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar
Succeeded by Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi (Acting)
Pakistan Senator from Punjab
In office
12 March 2012 7 May 2015
President Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
In office
3 June 1997 5 July 1999
Personal details
Muhammad Rafique Rajwana

(1949-02-20) 20 February 1949 (age 70)
Multan, Punjab, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Alma mater Forman Christian College
Profession Lawyer

Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana (Urdu : ملک محمد رفیق رجوانہ; born 20 February 1949) was the 36th Governor of Punjab, in office since 10 May 2015. He is affiliated with PML-N. [1]

Governor of Punjab, Pakistan of Punjab province in Pakistan

The Governor of Punjab is the appointed head of state of the provincial government in Punjab, Pakistan. Although the Governor is the head of the province on paper, it is largely a ceremonial position; and the main powers lie with the Chief Minister Punjab and Chief Secretary Punjab.

Pakistan Muslim League (N) Pakistani political party

The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) is a centre-right conservative party in Pakistan. The party was recently in power until the appointment of an interim government led by Nasirul Mulk for the previous general election. It was led by the thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, until he was disqualified for contempt of the Supreme Court in 2017. The party's platform is generally conservative, which involves supporting free market capitalism, opposing military power, supporting democratic ideals, and being generally anti-censorship on an online and wilderness platform.


He conducted landmark cases, including Mian Nawaz Sharif, Memogate Scandal, [2] Election expenses, Alstom Energy Ltd, Rally Energy Ltd and Liverpool Cotton Association. [3] He was the chairman of the parliamentary committee for appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan in 2014.

The memogate controversy revolves around a memorandum ostensibly seeking help of the Obama administration in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan, as well as assisting in a civilian takeover of the government and military apparatus. The memo was delivered in May 2011; Mansoor Ijaz wrote a Financial Times article in October 2011 bringing initial public attention to the affair. The memo, which at first was questioned to even exist, was published in November, leading to the resignation of Ambassador Haqqani and the continuing Pakistani Supreme Court investigation.

The Chief Election Commissioner is the authority and the appointed chair of the Election Commission of Pakistan— an institution constitutionally empowered to conduct free and fair elections to the national and provincial legislatures.

Early life

He is a native of Multan in southern Punjab. Rajwana graduated from Government Emerson College Multan and earned a master's degree in Economics from Forman Christian College University, Lahore. [4]

Multan City in Punjab

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Economics Social science that analyzes the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services

Economics is the social science that studies the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.


Rajwana joined the judiciary in 1987, resigning, later to start law firm Rajwana & Rajwana. In 1996, he was elected as President of High Court Bar Association Multan. His core areas of practice are Civil, Company, Alternate Dispute Resolution and Arbitration.

He served as senator from southern Punjab in 1997 and in 2012. [5] Rajwana is the senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Supreme Court of Pakistan Judicial body

The Supreme Court of Pakistan is the apex court in the judicial hierarchy of Pakistan.

In February 2014, he was appointed chair of the parliamentary committee for appointment of Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan. [6]

He has been member of senate committees for Foreign Affairs, Law Justice and Human Rights, Government Assurances, Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges, Senate House Committee, Devolution Process [5]

On May 10, 2015 he became Governor of Punjab. [1] [7] [8]

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  2. "Detailed order in memo gate case" . Retrieved 7 May 2015.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Sarwar
Governor of Punjab
07 May 2015
Succeeded by