He is noted for his legal scholarship, honesty and devotion to justice. Muhammad Rafiq Tarar was born on November 2, 1929, in a small village Pir Kot, Ghakkar Mandi, Wazirabad Tehsil. He had his schooling in Ghakkar Mandi, from where he completed his primary eduction and did his matriculation in 1945 from Government Islamia High School, Gujranwala. In 1947, he passed FSc. from Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Gujranwala, which was renamed as Islamic College after independence and graduated from the same college. Rafiq Tarar got his law degree from Punjab University Law College in 1951 and started his legal practice in Gujranwala. In October 1966, he was appointed as Additional Sessions Judge and served in the same capacity in Bahawalnagar and Sargodha. He was elevated to the Lahore High Court in 1974, and served as a member of the Election Commission of Pakistan from 1980, until his elevation as Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court on December 13, 1989. He was elevated to the Supreme Court in January 1991, and was part of the 11-member bench, which restored Nawaz government in May 1993. He was also a member of the three-member inquiry commission headed by Justice Shafiur Rehman set up to probe the death of COAS Gen. Asif Nawaz. He retired in October 1994, and was elected as a senator on PML ticket in March 1997. Though, he is becoming president after only 10 months in active politics, he brings with him a rich experience of 31 years of public service. Tarar is noted for his legal scholarship, his honesty and devotion to justice, which is infused by a firm personal religious faith. Hailing from a relatively humble background, he will be the first elected president to have made it to the top.