Attorney-General for Pakistan

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Attorney–General for Pakistan
State emblem of Pakistan.svg
Incumbent
Mr.Ashtar Ausaf Ali

since 29 March 2016
Ministry of Law and Justice
Abbreviation AG
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 for Pakistan (AG), is a senior legal advocate and legal adviser concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law officer of the Government of Pakistan.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] The office of Attorney General was established in 1947.

Mr.Ashtar Ausaf is the current Attorney-General for Pakistan (serving since March 29, 2016).

Overview[edit]

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[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Article 100(1) in Chapter 3: The Government in Part III: The Federation of Pakistan of the Constitution of Pakistan.
  2. ^ PPI (7 June 2013). "Munir Malik appointed Attorney General of Pakistan". Express Tribune, 2013. Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Article 100(3) in Chapter 3: The Government in Part III: The Federation of Pakistan of the Constitution of Pakistan.

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