Justice (r) Zafar Hussain Mirza passes away

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Justice (r) Zafar Hussain Mirza passed away in a Karachi hospital on Thursday.

The prominent judge was the father of firebrand politician Dr Zulfiqar Mirza and the father-in-law of former speaker of the National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza. The 87-year-old former justice was undergoing treatment at Dr Ziauddin Hospital in Karachi.

Justice (r) Zafar Hussain was appointed as a judge of the Sindh High Court on October 1, 1975, during the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto government. He was also among judges who had taken oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) imposed by General Ziaul-Haq in 1981, thereby abrogating the Constitution of 1973.

He was elevated to the post of judge of the Supreme Court on Aug 4, 1981, during the dictatorship of Gen Ziaul Haq. The justice had retired on October 9, 1991.

He later also served as a Chairman of the Federal Public Service Commission. During the Musharraf era, Justice (r) Zafar Hussain Mirza’s name was also proposed for the head of the Chief Election Commission before the elections of 2002. He was a co-signatory of a declaration signed by 17 retired judges of the country demanding that former president Musharraf revoke the state of emergency that he had imposed in the country in 2007.