Manzur Qadir (Urdu: منظور قادر; 28 November 1913 – 12 October 1974)[1] was a Pakistani jurist and politician who served as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan in the military government of Ayub Khan from 1958 to 1962.[2][3] Manzur Qadir served as the Chief Justice of Lahore High Court from 1962–1963.

Manzur Qadir
منظور قادر
6th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
29 October 1958 – 8 June 1962
PresidentAyub Khan
Preceded byFeroz Khan Noon
Succeeded byMuhammad Ali Bogra
Personal details
Born(1913-11-28)28 November 1913
Lahore, British India
Died12 October 1974(1974-10-12) (aged 60)
London, England
Political partyAll-India Muslim League
(Before 1947)
Muslim League (1947–1958)
Lahore High Court

He was the son of Sir Abdul Qadir. He married Asghari, a daughter of Fazli Husain, a political leader of Punjab, British India.[4] This was Asghari's second marriage. After his demise, his associate Ijaz Husain Batalvi annually organized Mazur Qadir memorial lectures attended by hundred of thousands lawyers and judges, this practice was continued by his associate Akhtar Aly Kureshy for Ijaz Husain Batalvi memorial.

In 1962, Qadir served as the chairman of the constitutional committee which eventually formulated Constitution of Pakistan of 1962[5] which introduced a Presidential form of government.

View of tolerance and respect edit

Qadir was a role-model to and a friend of Khushwant Singh - a famous journalist and editor in India. Both friends shared a common worldview of tolerance and mutual respect.[3] In February 2015, this view was endorsed by a panel of guests on a TV show including late Khushwant Singh's son Rahul Singh, Pakistani Senator Aitezaz Ahsan, an Indian writer Shobha De and the son of Manzur Qadir - Basharat Qadir. Basharat Qadir related how Khushwant Singh handed over the keys of his house in Lahore to Manzur Qadir at the time of Partition of British India in 1947 before he left for India.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ "Index Q".
  2. ^ Without a foreign minister Dawn (newspaper), Published 19 September 2013, Retrieved 31 October 2022
  3. ^ a b Obituary Khushwant Singh: 'The last Pakistani living on Indian soil' Dawn (newspaper), Updated 30 March 2014, Retrieved 31 October 2022
  4. ^ J. Henry Korson. Contemporary Problems of Pakistan. (Brill Archive, 1974) p. 10.
  5. ^ Samin Khan's statements about his own role in the formation of the 1962 constitution "Supreme Judicial Council history". Dawn (newspaper). 1 April 2007. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2022.
  6. ^ Outrageous but honest Dawn (newspaper), Published 21 February 2015, Retrieved 31 October 2022
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by