LAHORE: In Pakistan’s 72 years of history, as many as 13 prime ministers that served the country were law graduates. It is worth noting that only 26 prime ministers have served Pakistan in the said position so far, including those who served under democratic as well as a military rule. According to probability, it is 50 per cent likely that your next prime minister could be a lawyer.
Here is the list of those PMs in a chronological order:
1-Liaquat Ali Khan (1947-51):
Being the first ever prime minister elected by the constituent assembly of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan became a law graduate from MAO college in 1918 and completed his LLM from Oxford University in 1921.
2-Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (Sep 12, 1956 to Oct 28, 1957):
He became a Bachelor in Civil Law (BCL) in 1920 from Oxford University and a barrister in 1923 following that.
3- Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar (Oct 17, 1957 to Dec 11, 1957):
He did his LLB degree from Bombay University in 1929.
4-Feroz Khan Noon (Dec 16, 1957 to Oct 8, 1958):
He became a barrister in after completing bar-at-law training in 1917.
5-Nurul Amin (Dec 7, 1971 to Dec 20, 1971):
Having served for only 13 days in the office, Amin became a law graduate from University of Calcutta in 1924.
6-Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Aug 14, 1973 to July 5, 1977):
After getting admission at Oxford University in 1950, Bhutto completed his law degree in 1953 and was invited to Lincoln’s Inn to become a barrister in 1954.
7-Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi (Aug 6, 1990, to Nov 6, 1990):
Jatoi became the first ever care-taker prime minister of the country. He went for Bar-at-Law in 1952 in England.
9-Nawaz Sharif (Nov 6, 1990, to July 1993):
Sharif became Pakistan’s prime minister thrice in 1990 and again remained in office from February 17, 1993, to October 12 1999. From June 5, 2013, to July 28, 2017, he was elected for the third time. He was a law graduate from the University of the Punjab’s Law College.
10-Malik Meraj Khalid (Nov5, 1996 to Feb 17, 1997):
He became a lawyer in 1994 after completing his law degree from the Law College of University of the Punjab.
11-Mir Hazar Khan Khoso (Mar 25, 2013 to June 5, 2013):
Khoso secured law degree from University of Karachi in 1956.
12-Justice (r) Nasir-ul-Mulk (June 1, 2018 to Aug 18, 2018):
He became a law graduate after completing his education from Peshawar University in 1972 and a barrister in 1976. He is a former Chief Justice of Pakistan.