Eminent jurist

Nation mourns his passing

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Justice (retd) Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim, an eminent jurist, a constitutional expert and a senior advocate of the Supreme Court passed away on Tuesday. He is survived by a widow and four children. In his long and illustrious life, he remained committed to the cause of justice.

He served as law ministerin the caretaker cabinet of President Farooq Leghari in 1996, chief election commissioner and was responsible for holding the general elections of 2013 which were largely transparent, and governor of Sindh.

He was born in 1928 in Gujarat in India.In 1950, he migrated to Pakistan and after studying law he established his own law firm by the name of Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim& Company.

In 1981 as Gen Ziaul Haq introduced the Provisional Constitutional Order, he refused a fresh oath along with Justice Dorab Patel. He is also known for having established the Citizen-Police Liaison Committee in Karachi that has helped the common man in getting their grievance redressed.As a lawyer too, he represented labourers and workers, prisoners and religious minorities.

Many would recall that his appointment as chief election commissioner was a unanimous decision that was liked and accepted by all across the political spectrum.  Despite his years he was able to do a good job of it. All the controversy that was raised later on by Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf came to a naught when a judicial commission declared the elections as fair and free. At any rate, the 2013 polls were fairer and freer that the ones we had before and after 2013.

His death is being mourned by the whole nation. Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his sorrow and grief over his death. He said the invaluable services rendered by the judge in the field of law would be remembered for a long time. President Arif AlvicondoledEbrahim’s death in a tweet, remembering him as a “very enlightened, honest decent person”. Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said:“May Allah bless the departed soul and gives strength to the bereaved family. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said: “His is an irreparable loss.”

Ebrahimwas honest and humble to a fault. You would never hear him extol his contributions in the field of law or uprightness in the face of power when many others chose to side with the powerful. His type are clearly fast disappearing from our ranks. May he rest in peace.