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Wasim Sajjad

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Wasim Sajjad
وسیم سجاد
President of Pakistan
In office
2 December 1997 – 1 January 1998
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by Farooq Leghari
Succeeded by Rafiq Tarar
In office
18 July 1993 – 14 November 1993
Prime Minister Moeenuddin Qureshi (Caretaker)
Benazir Bhutto
Preceded by Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Succeeded by Farooq Leghari
Chairman of the Senate
In office
24 December 1988 – 12 October 1999
Preceded by Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Succeeded by Mohammad Soomro
Interior of Pakistan
In office
29 March 1987 – 28 July 1987
President Zia-ul-Haq
Prime Minister Muhammad Junejo
Preceded by Nadir Pervez
Succeeded by Aslam Khattak
Law and Justice Minister of Pakistan
In office
20 September 1986 – 4 December 1988
President Zia-ul-Haq
Prime Minister Muhammad Junejo
Preceded by Aitzaz Ahsan
Succeeded by Sharifuddin Pirzada
Personal details
Born Wasim Sajjad
(1941-03-30) 30 March 1941 (age 76)
Jalandhar, Punjab, British India
(now in Punjab, India)
Citizenship  Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Political party Pakistan Muslim League (Q)
Other political
Islami Jamhoori Ittehad
Pakistan Muslim League (N)
Relations Humza Sheikh Irfan
Alma mater Punjab University
Oxford University
Inns of Court School of Law
Cabinet Zia Cabinet
Website Senate biography

Wasim Sajjad (Urdu: وسیم سجاد‎; born 30 March 1941) is a Pakistani conservative statesman and lawyer who served as the acting President of Pakistan for two non-consecutive terms and as the Chairman of the Senate between 1988 and 1999.[1]

Born in Jalandhar, British India, Sajjad's father went on to serve on Supreme Court. Sajjad studied at the Army Burn Hall before moving to Lahore where he studied law at the Punjab University. As a Rhodes Scholar, he moved to Oxfordshire, where he received his Bachelor of Civil Law followed by a graduate degree in Jurisprudence from the Wadham College, Oxford in 1967. He was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1968.[2] On return to Pakistan, Sajjad was admitted as a lawyer in Pakistan and joined the Punjab Law College as served as a taught constitutional law between 1967 and 1977.[3]

Sajjad was elected as to the Senate in 1985 as a member of the center-right Muslim League and served as the Minister for Law and Justice from September 1986 to December 1988, until December 1988 when he was elected as Chairman of the Senate where he remained until 1997. During which he was elevated to the presidency twice during the general elections.[4] In 1999, Sajjad joined a defecting group that supported General Musharraf's coup and became the Leader of the House in the Senate of Pakistan in 2003, remaining until his political retirement in 2008.[5] After retiring from the politics, he has been serving as chancellor of the National University.[6]

Political career and President of Pakistan[edit]

In 2002, Sajjad was accused of mis-use of government vehicles and phones, amounting to millions of rupees. He was ordered to pay a fine, but served no time in jail.[7]

Political positions[edit]

He once again became the President of Pakistan from December 1997 to January 1998. He served as the Leader of the House in the Senate of Pakistan from March 2003 to March 2008.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Govt. Pakistan. "Wasim Sajjad: A Senator's work". Senate Secretariat Press. Retrieved 2 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  2. ^ "Who is Who | Wasim Sajjad | Pride of Pakistan | Legal Services". Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  3. ^ Scholar of the Week. "Pakistan's Rhodes Scholars". Scholar of the Week. Retrieved 2 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Senate of Pakistan". Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  5. ^ Ashraf Mumtaz (18 September 2006). "Wasim Sajjad declined to become CJP". Dawn. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  6. ^ FAST-NU. "Officers of University". FAST-NU. Retrieved 2 February 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  7. ^ Maryam Hussain (2002). "Wasim Sajjad off the Hook, while others rot in jail". South Asia Tribune. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
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Political offices
Preceded by
Muhammad Aslam Khan Khattak
Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Malik Nasim Ahmed Aheer
Preceded by
Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Chairman of the Senate
Succeeded by
Muhammad Mian Soomro
President of Pakistan

Succeeded by
Farooq Leghari
Preceded by
Farooq Leghari
President of Pakistan

Succeeded by
Muhammad Rafiq Tarar