ISLAMABAD – Late Zafarullah Khan, the first foreign minister of Pakistan, remembered on his death anniversary on Saturday. He was born on February 6, 1893, in Sialkot. He was a Pakistani diplomat, first Asian President of the
International Court of Justice, President of the UN General Assembly, Pakistan’s first foreign minister and a renowned international jurist, private news channel reported.
In October 1947, Zafarullah Khan represented Pakistan in United Nations General Assembly as the head of Pakistan’s delegation and advocated the stand of the Muslim world on the Palestinian issue. In 1948 to 1954, he represented Pakistan at the Security Council (UN) and admirably advocated the case of liberation of the occupied Kashmir, Libya,Northern Ireland, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Indonesia.
In 1954, he became Judge of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which he held until 1961. He became the Vice President of the International Court of Justice, Hague, in 1958 and remained so until 1961.
Then between 1961 to 1964, he waistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN, and in 1962 for 2 years, was President of the UN General Assembly.
In 1970, he was elected President of the International Court of Justice, The Hague, a post he held until 1973. He lived in England for the period 1973 to 1983 and went back to Lahore, Pakistan in 1983 and died on September 1, 1985, after a protracted illness.