Ali Ahmad Kurd

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Ali Ahmad Kurd (Urdu: على احمد كُرد‎), is a Pakistani lawyer who has been president of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan and is prominent in the Lawyers' Movement in that country. He opposed former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.[1][2]


While vice-chairman of the Balochistan Bar Association in 2002, Ali Ahmad Kurd staged a protest burning of amendments to the constitution that had been proposed by Musharraf. The action formed part of wider protests by lawyers' associations, religious bodies and political parties in reaction to what they perceived to be attempts by Musharraf to undermine his opponents and consolidate his own power.[3]

Kurd was briefly detained on 29 April 2007 in Quetta on the charges of inciting people during an absentia funeral of Nawab Akbar Bugti a year earlier. His detention was protested by lawyers and police released him, claiming that there had been no arrest and that the matter was a misunderstanding. Kurd was at that time vice-chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council.[4][5][6]

After imposing martial law in Pakistan on 3 November 2007, Musharraf suspended the constitution and Kurd was among those placed under house arrest.[7][8][9] He was released in March 2008.[10]

Later, in March 2009 when President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Kurd led protests by lawyers seeking the return of an independent judiciary. These protests were influential in the reinstatement of Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry as Chief Justice. Chaudhry had been removed from his position by Musharraf and the decision was not reversed under the presidency of Asif Ali Zardari until the lawyers began a mass march from Lahore to Islamabad that was supported by large crowds and coincided with rioting.[11][12]

In 2012, Kurd was considered as a nominee for the post of Chief Election Commissioner of Pakistan by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz but was ruled out of contention due to constitutional ineligibility.[13] He had also been considered as a possible caretaker prime minister.[14]

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  1. ^ Baloch, Bari (3 April 2012). "Kurd declines to appear before CJP". The Nation. Archived from the original on 16 April 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Justice Sharif asks Musharraf to quit". Dawn. 5 February 2008.
  3. ^ "General Musharraf bans third term for PM". The Tribune. Chandigarh. 8 July 2002. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Lawyers denounce Kurd's arrest". Daily Times. Pakistan. 9 December 2007. Archived from the original on 16 October 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  5. ^ "CJ's lawyer booked". Pak Tribune - Pakistan News Service. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Police arrest CJP's lawyer, release on high command's order". The Daily Times. 29 April 2007. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  7. ^ "SC dismisses petitions against Musharraf's re-election". One India. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Sharif calls on Musharraf to step down". RTÉ. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  9. ^ Sengupta, Somini (6 January 2008). "Critics in Pakistan muzzled". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  10. ^ "Kurd lashes out at anti-judiciary forces". Dawn. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  11. ^ Shah, Saeed (16 March 2009). "Pakistan agrees to reinstate former chief justice". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  12. ^ "Long march blocked". The Nation. 13 March 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  13. ^ Manan, Abdul (25 May 2012). "In the running: PML-N, opposition finalise three names for CEC". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  14. ^ "N for caretaker PM from smaller province". The Nation. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012.

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