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Senator Dr. S.M. Zafar


Former Law Minister, Pakistan

Preeminent Jurist

Senator S.M. Zafar, is one of the most prominent Pakistani human rights activists, noted lawyer (Senior Advocate Supreme Court), politician & former member of the Senate of Pakistan.

He began his career as a lawyer in the 1950s & served as a judge of the High Court & as Minister for Law and Justice. He retired from the government in 1968 & started his own law practice. He founded the Human Rights Society of Pakistan in 1976 and was awarded an honorary PhD degree in law at the University of Punjab. He retired from active law practice in 2014. After retiring he has written numerous books, cementing himself at the summit of legal jurisprudence in Pakistan.

Professional Landmark:

  • Member, Punjab Bar Council                                                         

  • President, Lahore High Court Bar Association

  • President, Supreme Court Bar Association

  • Appeared in most of the high profile cases with success including acquittal of Pakistani Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and political and human rights related matters on behalf of political and human rights activists. Appeared in many cases advancing the interpretation of law and constitution.

  • Frequently called by courts to assist as Amicus curie (Friend of the Court).

  • Participated in discussion and draft of 1973 constitution.

  • Member of Review Committee which drafted 18th constitutional amendment.


Inland / Abroad Services and Travelling:


  • Chairman Human Rights Society of Pakistan

  • Chairman Cultural Association of Pakistan

  • Chairman Kashf Foundation

  • Member Advisory Board PILDAT

  • Chairman Karwan-e-Ilm Foundation

  • Chairman Standing Committee and Commissioner Federal Ombudsman

  • Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights and Educatio

  • Chairman Family Planning Association of Pakistan 1975 – 76



  • Represented Pakistan in Security council [UN] and obtained Resolution in favour of J&K in 1965 Undo – Pak war.

  • Led parliamentary delegation to America and defend Pakistan on Pak-China relationship on starting PIA flights to Beijing and construction of Shahra e Karakorum in collaboration with China.

  • Addressed as chief Guest All Pakistan American Congress.

  • Chairman standing Committee on human rights and Education.

  • Chairman Human Rights Society UK.


Political Services

  • Senior Vice Chairman, Muslim Student Federation 1950 – 60

  • Deputy Leader of the House 1965 – 69.

  • Secretary General All Pakistan Muslim League 1982 – 86

  • Senior Vice President Muslim League [QA] 2002 till date.

  • Vice Chairman Commonwealth Parliamentary Association London 1966   



  • Travelled to japan, Myanmar [Burma], Vietnam, China, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Turkey.

  • Most of European Countries, Egypt, Morocco, Tunis and Saudi Arabia.

  • USA including Alaska and Canada.

  • Travelled to India with delegation of PML [Q] to meet Sonia Gandhi, Chairman All India Congress, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and parliamentarians.


Award / Honours:

  • Conferred “Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Law” by University of Punjab, 2015.

  • Nishan e Imtiaz Pakistan 2012.

  • Life Time Achievement Award conferred by Pakistani American Congress, USA.

  • Outstanding Leadership Award by Pakistan American Association of Golden Triangle.

  • “Excellence in Public Service” Award by Pakistan Chamber of Commerce- USA.

  • Awarded “Honorary Citizen” for good will Ambassador by Bill White Mayor of the City of Houston.

  • Number of Souvenirs awarded by National and international organizations like Army War College Pakistan, National Defence University Pakistan, PAF Air War College Pakistan and Pakistan Professionals Forum Dubai, Qatar University, Japanese Parliament.



Authored following books

  1. Through the Crisis

  2. Understanding Statutes

  3. Be a competent Lawyer

  4. Hajj – a journey in obedience

  5. Dialogue on the chess board of politics

  6. Dictator kon

  7. Awaam Parliament Islam

  8. Mery Mashhoor Muqadmay

  9. Adalat ma siyasat

  10. Sanator S M Zafar ki Kahani un ki apni zubani

  11. Tazkray aur jaezy [series of columns in Jung]

  12. Ghaib se mazameen

  13. Pakistan b’nam corruption

Regular columns in Daily Jang under caption “Tazkray aur Jaizay”

Frequent columns in Daily Dawn, Nation, Roznama Pakistan.

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