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Leading activist of Pakistan Movement Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius

Chief Justice Alvin "Bobby" Robert Cornelius, HPk, was a Pakistani jurist, legal philosopher and judge, serving as the 4th Chief Justice of Pakistan from 1960 until 1968.

 Alvin Robert Cornelius The name comes first in mind whenever talking about the rights of minorities and civil supremacy. Justice Cornelius was also a leading activist of Pakistan movement. Justice Cornelius was Born in May 1903 to an Anglo-Indian Christian family of Agra, Utter Pradesh British Indian Empire.

Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius

Cornelius graduated from Allahabad University and then from Selwyn College at Cambridge of England. Alvin Robert Cornelius was a commissioned officer in Indian civil service. He was Assistant Commissioner in Punjab Province of British India.


In 1943 he started his judicial career in Lahore High Court and then joined the justice department of Punjab Government.

Cornelius gained his name as a famous jurist and published some important textbooks in Pakistan legal history.

Cornelius was one of most famous Christian figures of Pakistan movement. He was of the view that creation of Pakistan was the only solution to the ill-treatment of British Government on Muslims of the subcontinent.

Cornelius also assisted Jinnah in drafting Pakistan Resolution. He was also secretary of Law and Labour of Jogendra Nath Mandal.

After the assassination of Liaqat Ali Khan Cornelius left the job and was appointed as associate judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

In 1960 he was the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Alvin Robert Cornelius was a supporter of Sharia. He played most important role in adding Islamic values in Constitution of Pakistan.

Justice Cornelius was also fond of cricket. To play cricket he joined Gymkhana Cricket Club. He also played an important part in founding the base of Pakistan cricket.Cornelius biggest achievement in cricket was forming an informal cricket club Pakistan Eaglets which went to England in 1952 and 1953.

Justice Alvin Robert Cornelius

Justice Cornelius was residing in Flatties Hotel after retirement. He Died on 21 December 1991 at the age of 88


Author : Iftikhar Younis Peerzada

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