Mr. Justice (R) Mohammad Munir Khan

 

Mr.-Justice-R-MunirMr. Justice (R) Mohammad Munir Khan, the first Ombudsman Punjab was born in village Kotla Naseer, District Rajanpur in August 1929. He matriculated from Government High School, Dera Ghazi Khan in 1945 and graduated from Government Degree College, Dera Ghazi Khan. He obtained Bachelor’s degree in Law from Sindh Muslim Law College in 1952. He was a brilliant student of law. He started practice as a lawyer in Sadiqabad, District Rahimyar Khan and soon became one of the leading lawyer of his time.

 He was appointed Judge of Lahore High Court in 1981 and elevated to Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1994. After retirement, Mr. Justice (R) Mohammad Munir Khan was appointed as the first Ombudsman of the Punjab and took oath of office on 22.10.1996. The institution of Ombudsman was at the nascent stage and it faced numerous problems, e.g., absence of trained staff in the working of the new institution, shortage of office accommodation and transport etc. added to the pile of problems he faced. Just after his taking over as Ombudsman Punjab, hundreds of complaints started pouring in from all corners of the Province. These problems could only be tackled by a methodical and resolute Administrator and he displayed his mettle.

 Mr. Justice (R) Mohammad Munir Khan immediately after taking over as Ombudsman, focussed his efforts on securing trained staff, adequate budget, transport and office equipment etc. Without losing time in November 1996, he moved the government to sanction required posts of officers (Investigating officers etc.) subordinate staff and also submitted budget estimates. The matter was under correspondence with the Finance Department when unfortunately, after serving only for two months and six days as Ombudsman, he was murdered on 28.12.1996. May his soul rest in peace. His initiatives and unswerving will, provided the essential basic strength and impetus to establish the Office of Ombudsman on sound footing.

 

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