Attorney-General for Pakistan
|Attorney–General for Pakistan|
|Ministry of Law and Justice|
|Member of||Cabinet of Pakistan|
|Reports to||Prime Minister of Pakistan|
|Nominator||Prime Minister of Pakistan|
|Appointer||President of Pakistan
Qualified to be appointed as Justice of the Supreme Court
|Term length||No fixed terms|
|Formation||14 August 1947|
|First holder||Mr.Muhammad Wasim|
The Attorney-General is the chief lawyer of the Pakistan government who serves as a legal adviser to the Federal Government of Pakistan and enjoys rights of audience before the Parliament. Nominations comes from the Prime Minister's Secretariat that leads to the appointment confirmed by the President of Pakistan. The Constitution bars the Attorney-General from private practice until the termination of his or her employment. The office of Attorney General was established in 1947.
Mr.Ashtar Ausaf is the current Attorney-General for Pakistan (serving since March 29, 2016).
Mr. Aziz A. Munshi, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan holds the record for being Attorney General for Pakistan for four different terms (08.01.1985 to 30.10.1986) (29.05.1988 to 03.12.1988) (06.08.1990 to 13.07.1993) and (02.11.1999 to 30.09.2001), and Federal Law Minister from 28.11.1999 to 27.11.2000. Mr. Aziz A. Munshi has appeared as Attorney General in most of the important Constitutional cases in Pakistan's history before the Honourable Supreme Court and High Courts, including but not limited to the dissolution of the National Assembly and Provincial Assemblies on several occasions, and he has been responsible for the drafting and promulgation of federal and provincial laws as well as Constitutional amendments.
The 18th amendment ( passed in April 2010) to the Constitution of Pakistan abolished the Attorney General's right to private practice.
In January 2014, Attorney General Munir A. Malik, Senior Advocate Supreme Court, tendered his resignation from office citing personal reasons. He was succeeded by Mr.Salman Aslam Butt, Advocate Supreme Court. Mr.Salman Aslam Butt was succeeded by Mr.Ashtar Ausaf Ali.
List of Attorneys-General for Pakistan
|Number||Name||Period of office||Length of term (days)|
|1||Mr.Muhammad Wasim||12 November 1947||6 February 1950||817|
|2||Mr.Fayyaz Ali||10 November 1950||8 April 1959||3,071|
|3||Ch.Nazir Ahmad Khan||25 July 1959||26 October 1961||824|
|4||Mr.Tufail Ali A.Rehman||8 November 1961||31 October 1964||1,088|
|5||Sheikh Ghais Muhammad||31 October 1964||10 May 1965||191|
|6||Syed Sharif-ud-Din Pirzada||9 April 1966||20 July 1966||102|
|7||Sheikh Ghaiz Muhammad||25 July 1966||6 August 1968||743|
|8||Syed Shrif-ud-Din Pirzada||7 August 1968||21 December 1971||1,231|
|9||Mr.Yahya Bakhtiar||22 December 1971||5 July 1977||2,022|
|10||Syed Sharif-ud-Din Pirzada||7 July 1977||1 January 1985||2,735|
|11||Mr.Aziz A Munshi||8 January 1985||30 October 1986||660|
|12||Mr.Ali Ahmed||30 October 1986||31 May 1988||579|
|13||Mr.Aziz A Munshi||31 May 1988||3 December 1988||186|
|14||Mr.Yahya Bakhtiar||3 December 1988||6 August 1990||611|
|15||Mr.Aziz-A-Munshi||7 August 1990||22 June 1993||1,050|
|16||Ch.Muhammad Farooq||24 July 1993||24 August 1993||51|
|17||Mr.Muhammad Sardar Khan||25 August 1993||25 October 1993||61|
|18||Mr.Fakharud Din G.Ebrahim||25 October 1993||2 April 1994||159|
|19||Qazi Muhammad Jamil||25 April 1994||17 October 1996||906|
|20||Syed Iqbal Haider||19 October 1996||7 November 1996||19|
|21||Mr.Shahzad Jehangir||11 November 1996||9 April 1997||149|
|22||Ch.Muhammad Farooq||11 April 1997||15 October 1999||917|
|23||Mr.Aziz-A-Munshi||2 November 1999||24 September 2001||692|
|24||Barrister Makhdoom Ali Khan||21 September 2001||1 August 2007||2,140|
|25||Malik Muhammad Qayyum||1 August 2007||19 August 2008||384|
|26||Sardar M.Latif Khosa||21 August 2008||11 October 2009||416|
|27||Mr.Anwar Mansoor Khan||24 December 2009||4 April 2010||101|
|28||Maulvi Anwar-ul-Haq||21 April 2010||12 April 2012||722|
|29||Mr.Irfan Qadir||12 April 2012||7 June 2013||426|
|30||Mr.Muneer A.Malik||7 June 2013||14 January 2014||221|
|31||Mr.Salman Aslam Butt||16 January 2014||28 March 2016||802|
|32||Mr.Ashtar Ausaf Ali||29 March 2016||Present|
- Article 100(1) in Chapter 3: The Government in Part III: The Federation of Pakistan of the Constitution of Pakistan.
- PPI (7 June 2013). "Munir Malik appointed Attorney General of Pakistan". Express Tribune, 2013. Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
- Article 100(3) in Chapter 3: The Government in Part III: The Federation of Pakistan of the Constitution of Pakistan.