Mr. Raja Muhammad Shafqat Khan Abbasi, Advocate

PP-1 (Rawalpindi-I)

Assembly Tenure: 2002-2007 (14th Assembly)

  • Position(s) Held
  • Member: Public Accounts Committee No.2
  • Academic Qualifications
  • MA
  • Profession(s)
  • Advocate
  • Party Affiliation
  • Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian
    (See other MPAs of this party)
  • Email
  • Father's/Husband's Name
  • Barkhurdar Khan
  • Marital Status
  • Married
  • Date of Birth
  • 3rd March 1963
  • Place of Birth
  • Masoot, Tehsil Murree
  • Religion
  • Islam
  • Took oath on
  • 25th November 2002

Personal Career & Interests


Raja Muhammad Shafqat Khan Abbasi, Advocate son of Mr Barkhurdar Khan was born on April 3, 1963 at Masoot, Tehsil Murree. He obtained the degree of LL.B. (Hons) in 1988 from International Islamic University, Islamabad and that of M.A. (Political Science) in 1989 from University of the Punjab, Lahore. He is a practising lawyer having life membership of Supreme Court and Lahore High Court. He has served as General Secretary of Islamabad Bar during 1992, and was elected as Member Punjab Bar Council in 2000 for a term of five years and as Chairman, Punjab Bar Council in 2001. He is also a human rights activist, who has attended various conferences and workshops, held in different parts of the country and abroad. He has visited China, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, UAE and UK. He has been elected as Member Provincial Assembly of Punjab in General Elections 2002 from Murree, Kotli Sattian. His sister- in-law, Ms Mahreen Anwar Raja is a sitting MNA.

Positions Held:-

            Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, since 2001

            Former Judge Lahore High Court, 2009

            Former Member Pakistan Bar Council (2005 to 2010)

            Former Chairman, Executive Committee Punjab Bar Council (2000 to 2001)

            Former Member Punjab Bar Council (2000 to 2005)

            Chairman, Press Council of Pakistan (September 2011 till date)


Took oath under 1973 constitution on 3rd march 2009 and decided over 2000 cases as Judge of Lahore High Court, at Lahore & Multan Bench, out of which more then 60 cases were reported/published in leading Law Journal of Pakistan.

Organized and participated in various seminars, workshops, meeting on the issues related to the press freedom, media ethics, right to information, human and women rights in the country and abroad.

Conducted various cases as Chairman, Press Council; Chairman, Executive Committee, Punjab Bar Council; and member of the Misconduct Tribunal of Pakistan Bar Council.

Elected Chairman Human Rights Committee of Pakistan Bar Council in 2007.

Elected as Member, Legal Education Committee of Pakistan Bar Council in 2008.

Elected as Member, Free Legal Aid Committee of Pakistan Bar Council.

Elected as General Secretary, Islamabad Bar Association in 1995.

Elected as Member of Law Reforms and Rules Committee, Punjab Bar Council in 2004.

Elected as Member Punjab Assembly from Murree, Kottli Sattian in 2002-2007.

Member Public Accounts Committee of Punjab Assembly for five years from 2002 to 2007.

Specialist in dispute resolution, negotiation, opinion writing, legislative drafting, arbitrations etc.

Presided various Enquiry Commissions and Enquiry Committees of Pakistan Bar Council, Punjab Bar Council and Public Accounts Committee of Punjab Assembly.

 Countries Visited:-

Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, United Arab Emirates, Nepal, Belgium, Bangladesh, Germany, Holland, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Kenya, Tanzania


Political Career

Political Party Post Tenure
Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian MPA

Positions Held in External Bodies

Organization Post Tenure
Supreme Court of Pakistan Advocate 2001-till date
Lahore High Court Judge 2009
Pakistan Bar Council Member 2005-2010
Executive Committee Punjab Bar Council Chairman 2000-2001
Punjab Bar Council Memebr 2000-2005
Press Council of Pakistan Chairman 2011-till date

Seminars & Conferences Attended

Event Participated as Country Year
Conference Pakistan 2000
Conference Pakistan 1999

Visits to other countries

Country Purpose of Visit Duration
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

Relatives in present or past assemblies

Relationship Name Parliament Designation Period
Sister-in-Law Mahreen Anwar Raja National Assembly of Pakistan 2002