Pakistan Observer

Iqbal Haider passes away

Monday, November 12, 2012 - Karachi—Former Law Minister, and co-chairman of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Iqbal Haider passed away on Sunday in a local hospital here. He was suffering from lungs ailment.

His funeral prayer will be offered after Zuhar prayer on Monday at Imambargah Yasrub in phase IV Defence Housing Society, Karachi.

Iqbal Haider was born on January 14, 1945. He obtained his B.A. LLB degree from the Punjab University.

Later, he joined Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in 1988 and soon became a close associate of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. He was elected as Senator in 1991 and later became the federal minister for law in 1993-1994. He also served as the Attorney General of Pakistan.

However, he disassociated himself from the PPP in 2005 and started working for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan where he rose to the position of co-chairperson.

Iqbal Haider was a leading figure in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD) and was jailed several times during 1981-1986.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Sunday expressed their condolence over the death of Syed Iqbal Haider.

In their separate messages, they lauded his services for the cause of democracy and human rights in the country.

They prayed for eternal rest to the departed soul and courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.

Meanwhile, Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad also condoled over the death of Iqbal Haider.

Former Federal Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Syed Iqbal Haider died in Karachi Sunday morning after a protracted illness. —Online
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