Author of 1973 Constitution Abdul Hafeez Pirzada passes away

Published: September 2, 2015
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Prominent advocate Abdul Hafeez Pirzada.

Prominent advocate Abdul Hafeez Pirzada.

KARACHI: Prominent advocate and author of the 1973 Constitution, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, passed away in London on Tuesday.

His younger brother, Abdul Mujeeb Pirzada, confirmed that Hafeez had been hospitalised in London for over a month.

The prominent lawyer, who had last represented Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the judicial commission probing the May 2013 elections, had recently had a surgery on his intestine. That surgery resulted in medical complications leading to organ failure and ultimately his demise.

Hafeez, 80, is survived by two sons, two daughters and a wife.

Mujeeb said that it will take them two to three days to bring his body back from England, adding that he will be buried in his ancestral graveyard in Sukkur.

According to a senior PTI leader, Pirzada had travelled to the UK on July 8 where he underwent surgery to treat gastroenteritis. He was admitted to an intensive care unit at Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where his condition was described as stable.

Earlier, it was reported that Pirzada suffered a heart attack and his condition was critical. However, his family told The Express Tribunethat he did not suffer a heart attack and was stable.

Pirzada had been hired by the PTI in April 2015 to fight its case before the special judicial commission formed by the government to probe whether the May 2013 elections had been rigged.

The commission had completed its proceedings earlier this month and its verdict on whether the general elections were rigged or not, is awaited.

Pirzada is a barrister and a senior advocate of the Supreme Court. He is a third generation barrister from Lincoln’s Inn. He began practicing in the then West Pakistan High Court in 1957, joining the Chambers of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

In 1959, Pirzada established law chambers in Karachi and was enrolled in the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1962. Thereafter, in 1979 he signed the roll of senior Advocates of the Supreme Court.

From 1971 to 1977 Pirzada was a Member of Parliament and remained a senior Cabinet Minister in Bhutto’s government, holding several important portfolios including those of finance, law and parliamentary affairs, federal provincial coordination and education.
In 1972 he was elected as chairman of the Constitution committee of Parliament to frame a new Constitution for the country.

Subsequently, he was the author of the 1973 Constitution which was piloted by him as Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and passed by the Parliament unanimously.

He is considered a leading expert in the field of constitutional and administrative law and is also a member of the Pakistan Law Commission, a statutory body formed for the purposes of reviewing and overhauling the laws of Pakistan.

His company, Hafeez Pirzada Law Associates, is listed in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Global.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • anushe
    Sep 2, 2015 - 1:49AM

    at least get the age right ET – he was 74 not 80 years old.Recommend

  • syed
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:23AM

    RIP

    May Allah almighty ease ur passing through Barzak Recommend

  • Let up
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:36AM

    Sad to hear his passing May Allah bless him.

    ET do you have repeat that he took on the PTI case so many times. It comes across as if nothing else matters. He was a much bigger man just an advocate of one case of the PTI.Recommend

  • Neutral
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:46AM

    Inalillah wa ina ilahe rajeeon. May his soul rest in peace. Recommend

  • tariq
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:55AM

    May his soul rest in peace ,he was a man of dignity and principles,in my school and college life he was a role model for me .He was blessed with charming personality and consider to be a good person..
    Let’s pray for his eternal peace.Recommend

  • Aysha M
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:44AM
  • Sajjad Hussain
    Sep 2, 2015 - 5:05AM

    ‘The commission had completed its proceedings earlier this month and its verdict on whether the general elections were rigged or not, is awaited.’
    While feeling sad at the death of Mr. Pirzada may I ask Sir, are your reporters asleep? The verdict came early last month. Recommend

  • Naeem Khan
    Sep 2, 2015 - 7:04AM

    RIP Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, It was Hafeez Pirzada who came to deliver a speech at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas during that draconian rule of Zia. I arranged the honorarium and the university paid for his visit. He was kind, polite, very competent and articulate to get his point across that Pakistan did not need a military dictator. He asserted to the audience that if democracy is good enough for Americans, why can’t it be good for Pakistanis too. When I visited him in London, he was a gracious host and took me to meet Benazir Bhutto who was residing at Barbican Towers at that time. I will surely miss this great Pakistani who never hesitated to advance Pakistani causes around the world. By the way his speech was recorded and is stored at the 5th floor of the KSU library. The speech was also broadcasted through out Kansas on PBS( public broadcasting services). Recommend

  • sehr.siddiqui
    Sep 2, 2015 - 7:49AM

    RIP. May he get the justice for his deeds.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Sep 2, 2015 - 9:28AM

    The grotesque lies of Niazi and PTI that he to pander in the Judicial Commission, finally took a heavy toll on the old man.Recommend

  • Syed Taimur Ali
    Sep 2, 2015 - 9:48AM

    Great lawyer & a fine person. A brilliant Counsel with extraordinary level of intelligence. I was always inspired by his style of arguments and sheer confidence that he had at the bar. Pioneer of drafting the Constitution of Pakistan of 1973. May his soul rest in peace. Recommend

  • Zahid Hussain
    Sep 2, 2015 - 11:08AM

    May Allah bless himRecommend

  • Mian Rashid Rahim Kakakhel
    Sep 2, 2015 - 11:57AM

    A great lawyer and a very fine person. May his soul rest in peaceRecommend

  • SYED HASSAN RAZA SHAH
    Sep 2, 2015 - 1:53PM

    SYED HASSAN RAZA SHAH
    Great lawyer & a fine person. A brilliant Counsel with extraordinary level of intelligence. I was always inspired by his style of arguments and sheer confidence that he had at the bar. Pioneer of drafting the Constitution of Pakistan of 1973. May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • SYED HASSAN RAZA SHAH
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:04PM

    A great lawyer and a very fine person. May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • SYED HASSAN RAZA SHAH
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:09PM

    Great lawyer & a fine person. A brilliant Counsel with extraordinary level of intelligence. I was always inspired by his style of arguments and sheer confidence that he had at the bar. Pioneer of drafting the Constitution of Pakistan of 1973. May his soul rest in peace.Recommend

  • Muhammad ali
    Sep 2, 2015 - 9:26PM

    may Allah grant jannah to departed soul and rest it in peace.one of the honest lawyers of his time.Recommend

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