IQBAL HAIDER (LATE)
Iqbal Haider was one of the founding partners of Hussain & Haider. Mr. Haider was a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the co-founder and co-chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, a Senator, a Federal Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Pakistan’s first Federal Minister of Human Rights and the Attorney General of Pakistan.
Mr. Haider was born on 14 January 1945 in Agra in pre-partition India and migrated to Pakistan with his family. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the Government College of Commerce and Economics, Karachi and an LLB from the Punjab University Law College, Lahore. Mr. Haider was later admitted to the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn. Haider died peacefully due to Coronary respiratory failure on 11 November 2012 in a Karachi hospital.
Mr. Haider was a founding member of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy and one of the main organizers of its ‘Mass Movement’, launched in 1983, for removal of martial law in Pakistan and restoration of democracy.
Mr. Haider was the president of the Karachi Division of Qaumi Mahaz-e-Azadi.
Mr. Haider later joined the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) where he was appointed the Advisor to the Chief Minister Sindh. He was the President of the PPP Karachi Division, Vice-President of PPP Sindh, and member of the Central Executive Committee of the PPP.
Mr. Haider was elected as a Senator in March 1991. He was a member of the Senate Standing Committees on:
- Healthy Work Environment & Culture
- Pride & Humility
- Can-Do Attitude
He was also a member of the Functional Committee on Human Rights.
Mr. Haider's passion was human rights. He worked for victims of honour killing e.g. Samia Sarwar), karo-kari, bonded labour, and missing persons, amongst others. He founded the Human Rights Ministry during the second tenure of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and became the first Human Rights Minister of Pakistan. He sat in the Senate Committee on Human Rights, was one of the founding members of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Mr. Haider drafted and tabled the first ever bill on Honour Killing.
His recent activities included launching a strong campaign against the government and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in relation to missing persons and formation of 'The Forum for Secular Pakistan' to counter the narrative of religious and sectarian hate and violence.