Note: This blog post series is dedicated to our “Unsung Heroes/Heroines” our non-Muslim Pakistani brothers/sisters, for their valuable contributions to their homeland. We want to pay tribute to all (one by one) our Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Parsi, Baha’i, Buddhist and all other fellow Pakistani brothers/sisters following any faith other than the faith of the majority.
Name: Alvin Robert Cornelius (Chief Justice of Pakistan)
Time period: 1903 – 1991
Chief Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius (1903 – 1991), HPk, was a Pakistani jurist, legal philosopher and judge, serving as the 4th Chief Justice of Pakistan from 1960 until 1968. In addition, he served as Law Minister in the cabinet of Yahya Khan.
In 1946, Cornelius was elevated to associate judge at the Lahore High Court, and opting for Pakistan, Cornelius played an integral role setting up the court system while advising the law minister and the prime minister.
In 1960, President Ayub Khan nominated Cornelius to become the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Alvin Robert Cornelius became the first Christian Chief Justice, becoming one of the most famous and influential figures ever to serve on the supreme court. After his departure from the supreme court, Cornelius remained influential and was a symbol protecting the rights of minorities, freedom of religious practices, whilst serving as the legal adviser to successive Government of Pakistan on judicial matters.
- Associate Judge @ Lahore High Court
- Chief Justice of Pakistan
- Law Minster of Pakistan
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May 22, 2020