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Sharifuddin Pirzada

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Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada ( شریف الدین پیرزادہ سيد ) NI (12 June 1923 – 2 June 2017) was a noted Pakistani lawyer who served as a senior advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada
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9th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
31 August 1966 – 1 May 1968
PresidentAyub Khan
Preceded byZulfikar Ali Bhutto
Succeeded byMian Arshad Hussain
Attorney General of Pakistan
In office
PresidentYahya Khan
Preceded byPost established
Succeeded byYahya Bakhtiar
In office
Preceded byYahya Bakhtiar
Succeeded byAziz Munshi
Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
In office
Preceded byHabib Chatty
Succeeded byHamid Algabid
Personal details
Born(1923-06-12)12 June 1923
Burhanpur, British Raj
(now India)
Died2 June 2017(2017-06-02) (aged 93)
Karachi, Pakistan
Political partyAll-India Muslim League
(Before 1947)
Muslim League (1947–1958)
Alma materUniversity of Mumbai
Inns of Court School of Law
AwardsNishan-e-Imtiaz (1998)

Pirzada was the prime advisor to General Pervez Musharraf against maintaining the status quo regarding the 1973 constitutional oath given to the judges prior to the general's coup d'état. He advised Musharraf who then later included Aziz Munshi as a law minister to seek the consent of the Chief Justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui for the legitimacy of his rule. Siddiqui was called upon by Musharraf earlier in October and it was made clear that the oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order shall not be administered to any judge of the court. Musharraf had agreed, later when asked by Mr. Munshi, Siddiqui refused and rejected the notion that judges of the courts be administered any other oath and that to contrary to the ones under the 1973 constitution. Later Siddiqui refused to take oath and resigned with 4 years remaining in office.

He was a highly-controversial figure amongst political and judicial circles in Pakistan due to his regular legal work in ensuring the legitimacy of Pakistani military rulers, as well as offering his services to a wide variety of entities seeking on ensuring the status quo in the country. For such reasons, he is regarded as a maverick lawyer with no firm stance on political matters. In addition, he is a member of the Pakistan Civil Service, having served as both Foreign Minister under Ayub Khan and the Attorney-General under Zia-ul-Haq.

Personal lifeEdit

Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada was born in the city of Burhanpur, in what is today Madhya Pradesh, to parents Mir Niazi Pirzada and his wife, Fatima. His father was a noted barrister as well, serving in the Indian Civil Service at the time and posted in the state.

He died on 2 June 2017, aged 93.[1][2][3] [4]


Senior posts with the Government of PakistanEdit

  • Attorney General of Pakistan from 1965–1966. The youngest person ever to be appointed to that post and the longest serving.
  • Foreign Minister of Pakistan from 1966–1968.
  • 1st Chairman Executive Committee (CEC) of the Pakistan Bar Council.
  • Represented Pakistan in the Commonwealth Head of Government Conference in 1966.
  • Moved Resolution 2253 of the United Nations General Assembly on the “status of Jerusalem” in 1967.
  • Attorney General of Pakistan from 1968–1971.
  • Represented Pakistan in the Commonwealth Law Ministers and Attorney Generals Conference 1971.
  • President Afro-Asian Legal Consultative Committee, 1969.
  • Attorney general for Pakistan from 1977–1984.

Association with the Organisation of Islamic ConferenceEdit

Represented Pakistan before various international forums and tribunals includingEdit

Association with the United NationsEdit



  • Pakistan at a Glance, Bombay 1941.
  • Jinnah on Pakistan, Bombay 1943.
  • Leaders Correspondence with Jinnah.
  • Evolution of Pakistan, Karachi 1962 (also published in Urdu and Arabic).
  • Fundamental Rights and Constitutional Remedies in Pakistan, Lahore 1966.
  • The Pakistan Resolution and the historic Lahore Session. Islamabad 1970.
  • Foundation of Pakistan (3 volumes), 1971.
  • Some Aspects of Quaid-i-Azam’s Life 1978.
  • Collected Works of Quaid-i-Azam Jinnah (3 volumes).
  • Dissolution of Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, Karachi 1985.


  1. ^ (2 June 2017). "Leading lawyer Sharifuddin Pirzada passes away".
  2. ^ "Three-time attorney general Sharifuddin Pirzada passes away – The Express Tribune". 2 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Leading lawyer Sharifuddin Pirzada passes away". Muslim Global. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  4. ^ Staff (2 June 2017). "Obituary – Syed Shareefuddin Pirzada". Courting the Law. Retrieved 2 June 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Mian Arshad Hussain
New office Attorney General of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Yahya Bakhtiar
Preceded by
Yahya Bakhtiar
Attorney General of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Aziz Munshi
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Habib Chatty
Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Succeeded by
Hamid Algabid