Zafrulla Khan : A Personality to be Admired
November 24, 2006 3 Comments
When you look at the list of Pakistanis who have achieved distinction globally then only few names come to mind but when u look in detail the achievements and grandeur that Sir.Zufrullah Khan achieved over the course of his life time can not be easily achieved. In fact he was person whose achievements stand out not only among Pakistani achievers but also among the world.
Just was reading about him in wikipedia. Here is a list of his achievements from wikipedia and I must say this is a long list to have in a single life time.
“In 1927, he acted successfully as representative counsel for the Muslims of the Punjab in the contempt of court case against the ‘Muslim Outlook’.He was elected a member of the Punjab Legislative Council in 1926 and presided at the Delhi Meeting of the All India Muslim League in 1931 he advocated the cause of the Indian Muslims through his presidential address. He participated in the Round Table Conferences held in the years 1930, 1931, and 1932, and he was member of the Executive Council of the Viceroy of India, during the years 1935 to 1941. Became the Minister of Railways in May, 1935. In 1939, represented India in the League of Nations. He was appointed the Agent General of India in China in the year 1942 and represented India as the Indian Government’s nominee in the Commonwealth Relations Conference in 1945, where courageously spoke for the cause of India’s freedom. Was appointed Judge of the Federal Court of India in September 1941, which he held until June 1947. At the request of Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, known by the title Quaid-e-Azam (Pakistan’s founding father and first leader), represented the Muslim League in July 1947 before the Radcliffe Boundary Commission and presented the case of the Muslims in highly commendable manner. In October 1947, represented Pakistan in United Nations General Assembly as the head of the Pakistan delegation and advocated the stand of the Muslim world on the Palestinian issue. Was appointed as Pakistan’s (first) Foreign Minister a post he held for 7 years from 1947. In 1948 to 1954 he represented Pakistan at the Security Council (UN) and admirably advocated the case of liberation of the occupied Kashmir, Libya, North Ireland, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Indonesia. In 1954 he became Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which he held until 1961. He became the Vice President of the International Court of Justice, the Hague, in 1958 until 1961. Then between 1961 unto 1964 he was Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN and in 1962 for 2 years was President of the UN General Assembly. In March, 1958, he performed Umra and visited the shrine of Prophet Muhammad in Medina, Saudi Arabia. He also met Sultan Abdul Aziz Ibne Saud and stayed in the Royal Palace as the King’s personal guest. He performed Hajj in the year 1967 and produced a new English translation of the Holy Qur’an in 1970. The same year, he was elected President of the International Court of Justice, The Hague, a post he held until 1973. He lived in England for the period 1973 to 1983 and went back to Lahore, Pakistan in 1983 and died on September 1, 1985, after a protracted illness”
Well I was amazed when I read this Paragraph. Here is another Pakistani Son who lies forgotten by our people
Khalid Hassan has written an excellent and a very interesting article about Sir.Zafrullah Khan in Friday times. He ends his article with these very interesting and thought provoking lines.
“What a shame that two of Pakistan’s greatest sons, Zafrulla Khan and Professor Abdul Salam, should have been denied the place of honor that they deserved more than anyone. Here is something General Pervez Musharraf can make amends for “