Erstwhile prominent attorney general Sharifuddin Pirzada died


(FILES) This file photo taken on January 2, 2014, shows Sharifuddin Pirzada (L), one of the lawyer of Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, leaving the special court after his case hearing in Islamabad. For more than half a century, Pakistani lawyer Sharifuddin Pirzada has provided the legal cover for the country's succession of military rulers -- but don't accuse him of supporting dictators. AFP PHOTO/Farooq NAEEM/FILES


Noted senior Pakistani lawyer and former Attorney General Sharifuddin Pirzada passed away on Friday at the age of 94.

Pirzada was secretary to Pakistan’s founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah in the 1940s. He served as attorney general and foreign minister and authored orders that gave legal weight to two coups d’état. He was prime adviser to General Pervez Musharraf.He was highly controversial personality among political and judicial circle. Pirzada also served as the secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) from 1985 to 1988.

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