Aitzaz Ahsan

Aitzaz Ahsan

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Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan () (born 27 September 1945) is a Pakistan lawmaker, barrister, and politician from Pakistan's People's Party (PPP) who served as President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan

Early life and education

Aitzaz Ahsan was born in Murree, Rawalpindi District, Punjab in 1946 during British rule. After being educated at Aitchison College and the Government College, Lahore, Ahsan matriculated to Downing College, Cambridge to study law, and was called to the Bar at Gray's Inn in 1967.

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In 1975, Ahsan was elected to the Punjab Assembly after Chaudhry Anwar Samma, a member representing the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was murdered. After his election, Ahsan was invited to join the cabinet and given the portfolio of information, planning and development. After the police opened fire on a rally of lawyers during the PNA demonstrations against the alleged rigging of elections by the PPP government in 1977, Ahsan resigned as a cabinet minister in protest, and was later expelled from the PPP.

Following the 1977 coup d'├ętat of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, Ahsan became involved in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy, and rejoined the PPP following the declaration of martial law. For his participation in the MRD he was repeatedly imprisoned. Ahsan was elected to the National Assembly as a PPP candidate...
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