Khalid Anwer

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Khalid Anwer
Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Personal details
Born (1938-11-04)4 November 1938
Delhi, British India[1]

Khalid Anwer (Urdu/Punjabi: خالد انور; born 4 November 1938 in Delhi, British India) is a Pakistani lawyer, jurist and constitutional expert who previously served as the federal Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights following his appointment in 1997.[1][2][3][4][5] He remained in office until the 1999 Pakistani coup d'état led by General Pervez Musharraf which toppled the ruling government of Nawaz Sharif.[6][7] He is the son of Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, a freedom fighter and the fourth Prime Minister of Pakistan who was notable for having played a role in the formation of the first Constitution of Pakistan in 1956.[1]

Anwer obtained a B.Sc (Hons.) degree from the University of the Punjab and later a B.A. (Hons.) degree from Cambridge. In addition, he is a barrister-at-law from the Inner Temple, England. In March 1997, Anwer was elected as a member of the Senate of Pakistan for a term of six years.[1]

Anwer has an experience of thirty eight years as a court advocate and legal expert and argues cases relating to constitutional matters in the Supreme Court, as well as commercial issues.[7] In 1993, he played an instrumental role in persuading the Supreme Court to restore the deposed federal government back into office and in 1996, convinced the Supreme Court that the previous government's dismissal was lawful. While in office as the law minister, he sought assistance of the Asian Development Bank for a complete re-haul of Pakistan's entire legal system.[7] Currently, he runs a Karachi-based law firm called Khalid Anwer & Co.[7]

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Preceded by
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Minister of Law, Justice and Human Rights
1997 – 1999
Succeeded by
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