Mr. Justice (Retd) Rasheed A. Razvi
BA (Hons), MA (Economics), LLB
Senior Advocate Supreme Court
Mr. Rasheed A. Razvi was born on the 18th of December 1947 in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. His family migrated from Bombay to Karachi in the year 1956. He was brought up and educated in Karachi. He completed his B.A (Hons) in the year 1969 and M.A in Economics in the year 1970 both from the University of Karachi. He successfully completed his L.L.B from Government Islamia College in the year 1972 where he stood First Class Second. He joined the legal profession in the year 1973 and now has a legal standing of over 47 years.
In the month of November 1993, Mr. Razvi was appointed the Presiding Officer, Special Courts (Offences in Banks) Sindh at Karachi (with the status of a High Court Judge) which position he held till 7th April 1995. In the same year Mr. Razvi was elevated as a Judge of the High Court of Sindh. However, on 26.01.2000, he stood retired along with other honourable Judges of the High Courts and Supreme Court who declined to take a fresh oath under the Provisional Constitution Order, 2000 promulgated by General Pervaiz Musharraf, a military dictator.
As a Judge of the High Court, he has to his credit several reported cases in the various fields including but not limited to Civil, Criminal, Labour, Constitutional and Intellectual Property laws. As a lawyer his efforts have resulted in some leading judgments of the Supreme Court i.e. Supreme Court Bar Association case ( PLD 2002 SC 939), Pakistan Bar Council (PLD 2007 SC 394) Chief Justice of Pakistan’s case (PLD 2010 SC 61) Sindh High Court Bar Association (PLD 2009 SC 879), Justice Khurshid Bhinder (PLD 2010 SC 483), Province of Sindh Vs. Rasheed A. Razvi (PLD 2010 SC 649), Baz M. Kakar (PLD 2012 SC 870), Watan Party (2012 SCMR 584), Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s case (PLD 2014 SC 585), case of 21st Amendment (PLD 2015 SC 401) and many other cases.
Mr. Razvi has also held several positions within the bar associations and bar counsels of the Country. Mr. Razvi was elected as the General Secretary of the Karachi Bar Association in the year 1981 and it’s President in the year 1987. He was also elected as a member of the Sindh Bar Council for the term 1984-1989 and again for 1989-1994. During this tenure, he was twice elected as Vice Chairman of the Sindh Bar Council. He was elected President of the Sindh High Court Bar Association in the years 2000, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was a member of Pakistan Bar Council (the regulatory body for all Supreme Court lawyers of Pakistan) since the year 2000 up till 2020. He has also remained the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan Bar Council. Mr. Razvi was elected the President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan in the year 2017.
Mr. Razvi was conferred the status of ‘Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of Pakistan’ in the year 2008.
Mr. Razvi has also participated in several international law conferences/human rights workshops and is a life member of the Common Wealth Judges and Magistrate Association (CMJA). He has also remained the President of the Pakistan Chapter of SAARC Law for more than 8 years from 2009 till 2017.