Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, politician & lawyer, died at 80

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23rt564r634f56r434Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, born February 24, 1935 and died on September 1, 2015.

He was a Pakistani lawyer, legal theorist, and politician, who served variously as Minister for Information, Minister for Law, Minister for Finance, and Minister for Education under President and later Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto from 1971 to 1977.

Pirzada was one of Pakistan’s most foremost lawyers and had last represented Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf in the Judicial Commission probing the alleged electoral rigging in the General Elections 2013.

Abdul Hafeez Pirzada died at the age of 80 and is survived by two sons, two daughters and his wife.

According to his brother Abdul Mujeeb Pirzada, Mr Pirzada had been hospitalized in London, since a month.

Pirzada was a third generation barrister from Lincoln’s Inn and was a senior advocate of the Supreme Court.

He was enrolled in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1962 and in 1979, he signed the roll of senior advocates of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

He had also established law chambers in Karachi, in the year 1952.

Besides his fame and recognition as a stellar lawyer, Pirzada was also known as a confidant and key minister in the PPP-led Bhutto government.

After the 1971 debacle when Bhutto took over the reins of Pakistan, Pirzada held several key portfolios.

These included education, law, finance and parliamentary affairs.

Abdul Hafeez Pirzada was also the owner of the company Hafeez Pirzada Law Associates.

He died on September 1, 2015 at age 80.

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