Muhammad Rafiq Tarar

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Chaudhari Muhammad Rafiq Tarar (Hindi: चौधरी मुहम्मद रफीक तरार, Urdu: محمد رفیق تارڑ) (born November 2, 1929) was the ninth President of Pakistan from January 1, 1998 until June 20, 2001.

Muhammad Rafiq Tarar born in Muslim Jat Clan of Tarar in 1929. His native village is Pir Kot, situated in Gujranwala district.

He completed his matriculation from Atta Muhammad School, Gujranwala and graduated from the Islamia College in Gujranwala, in 1949. In 1951, Mr. Tarar secured his Law Degree from Law College, Lahore.

He was a Judge of Supreme Court of Pakistan and also served as Chief Justice of Lahore High Court. During Pakistan's independence in 1947, Rafiq Tarar performed voluntary duty as a relief worker in camps set up by Muslim Students Federation for refugees, migrating from India to Pakistan.

President of Pakistan

He was brought out of his retirement by Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and afterwards he was elected as Member of the Senate in 1997 on the PML(N) Party ticket. Later, he was elected as the President of Pakistan on December 31, 1997 with record number of votes.

During his Presidency, Tarar was mostly a figurehead ruler. The Presidency of Pakistan's powers had been slowly removed over the years, culminating in 1997 Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan which removed virtually all remaining reserve powers, making the office almost symbolic in nature as per the true spirit of the Pakistani constitution.

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