Ijlal Haider Zaidi

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Syed Ijlal Haider Zaidi (December 29, 1929—March 23, 2013[1]) was a retired member of the Civil Service of Pakistan (CSP). He served in various key administrative and secretarial capacities, including Deputy Commissioner of Peshawar,[2] Director General of Radio Pakistan,[3] Chief Secretary of Azad Kashmir, Chief Secretary of North-West Frontier Province,[4] Federal Defence Secretary[5] and Establishment Secretary.[6] After his retirement, Zaidi served as an advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan.[7] Since 1992 he has been the chairman of the Pakistan-Japan Friendship Association, and in 2007 received a special commendation for his work there from the Japanese ambassador to Pakistan.[8]

Syed Ijlal Haider Zaidi was born on December 29, 1928 in Shahabad, the then District Karnal, British India. He was a B.Sc engineer by profession, and obtained distinguished position in Superior Competitive Services examinations of Pakistan. His grandfather late Engineer Mr. Syed Ghulam Shabbir Zaidi (1860—November 26, 1949) was the chief of Shahabad town and renowned philanthropist of the town, and his father late Mr. Syed Muhammad Ibrahim Zaidi (December 1890—September 11, 1958) was one of the pioneer Muslim B.Sc engineers of the entire Indian sub-continent, and Aligarh College graduate as well as a poet, novelist, intellectual and prose-writer; and also served as Senior Vice Chairman of Lahore Board of Education during the 1950s. His youngest brother late Mr. Syed Ijmal Haider Zaidi (Oct 12, 1949—March 29, 2009), who served as senior Vice President, Habib Bank Limited, Pakistan, was also a lawyer and writer, whose son Mujtaba Haider Zaidi writer, lawyer and columnist of Pakistan English Newspaper The Frontier Post [1]" is the pioneer playwright of the Theatre of the Absurd and Stream of Consciousness in Urdu literature and author of first book in support of disputed Power to Veto under the title "Veto Oligarchy: The Fittest Deserve Supremacy". Syed Ijlal Haider Zaidi died on the morning of 23 March 2013 in Lahore after a 2-year battle with cancer. He left three daughters, Shaazia, Anjum and Laila. Zaidi was an influential member of the establishment. He served as a senior bureaucrat while working very close to four former Presidents of Pakistan including Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, General Zia, Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Farooq Leghari, and was considered to be the right hand and closest aide of the former President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman assassination:

In an email written by late Pakistani Journalist M.B Naqvi to Journalist Lawrence Liffschultz of Far Eastern Economic Review, Naqvi claimed Syed Ijlal Haider Zaidi had prior knowledge that Bangladesh Independence leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman would be assassinated on August 15, 1975.


  1. ^ "IJLAL HAIDER ZAIDI PASSES AWAY". Pakistan Observer. 24 March 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Rizvi, S. M. Z.; Sabzwari, M. A.; Sharif, C. M. (1965). Consolidation of Holdings. Pakistan Academy for Rural Development. 
  3. ^ Frost, Jens Mathiesen; Lund-Johansen, Oluf (1980). World Radio TV Handbook. Cardfont Publishers. p. 229. ISBN 0-902285-04-1. 
  4. ^ Sehrai, Fidaullah (1978). The Buddha Story in Peshawar Museum. Peshawar Museum. p. x. 
  5. ^ "India, Pakistan try to thaw Siachen ice". Asia Times. 2004-08-06. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  6. ^ Pakistan National Assembly (1985). Debates. Manager of Publications. p. 1259. 
  7. ^ "Pakistanis, Uzbeks meet on Afghanistan". The Washington Times. 1996-10-19. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Japanese Ambassador awards special commendations to Ijlal Zaidi, S.A. Rehman.". Pakistan Press International. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 

Pakistani Journalist MB Naqvi on the assassination of Mujib