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Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada

Sharifuddin Pirzada
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
31 August 1966 – 1 May 1968
President Ayub Khan
Preceded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Succeeded by Mian Arshad Hussain
Personal details
Born (1923-06-12) 12 June 1923
Burhanpur, British Raj
(now India)
Political party All-India Muslim League
(Before 1947)
Muslim League (1947–1958)
Alma mater University of Mumbai
Inns of Court School of Law

Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada (Urdu: شریف الدین پیرزادہ سيد ‎) NI, (born 12 June 1923, Burhanpur, Central Provincess) (British India) a direct descendant of Shaikh (Arabic: شيخ) Burhanuddin Raz-i-Ilahi (the Saint/Pir (Persian: پیر)) of the Shattar order in Burhanpur, who had, amongst others, Emperor Aurangzeb as his disciple). He was a Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln's Inn) and a graduate in Law from Bombay University (British India) in 1945, Senior Advocate Supreme Court, is widely regarded as Pakistan's leading jurist and constitutional expert, playing a key role in constitutional de stability across several military coups.[1] He is also considered an authority on the Pakistan independence movement.

  • Role in the 1999 PCO (Provisional Constitutional Order) introduced to abrogate the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan"

He 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'etat. He advised Musharraf who then later included Aziz Munshi law minister to seek the consent of the Chief Justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui. Siddiqui was called upon by Musharraf earlier in October and it was made clear that oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order shall not be administered to any judge of the court. Musharraf had agreed, later when asked by Mr. Mushi, 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.


  • Senior posts with the Government of Pakistan 1
  • Association with the Organisation of Islamic Conference 2
  • Represented Pakistan before various international forums and tribunals including 3
  • Association with the United Nations 4
  • Awards 5
  • Publications 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Senior posts with the Government of Pakistan

Association with the Organisation of Islamic Conference

  • Chairman of the Experts' Group for drafting the statue of the Islamic International Court of Justice.
  • Served (elected unanimously) as Organisation of the Islamic Conference 1985–1988. (This is the highest post that any Pakistani has served in at any international organization)
  • Member of Committee of Eminent Jurists to review the OIC Charter 2007.

Represented Pakistan before various international forums and tribunals including

  • Rann of Kutch Case 1965.
  • Counsel in the reference regarding Namibia (before the International Court of Justice) 1970.
  • Pakistan’s complaint against India in the matter of overflights at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 1971.

Association with the United Nations



  • 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. ^ Stephen Cohen, The Idea of Pakistan, p. 44.

External links

  • BBC Hardtalk interview of Syed Sharifuddin Pirzada
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
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