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Dorab Patel

Justice Dorab Patel (b.1924 Quetta - d.15 March 1997 ), former Chief Justice of Sindh High Court and human rights campaigner was a founding member of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in 1987, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.

A Parsee by faith, he rose up the ranks of the judiciary to become one of Pakistan's most senior most judges, only to resign on principle after refusing to take an oath of allegiance to Military ruler Zia ul Haq in 1981.

Early life

He attended various boarding schools before graduating from Bombay University and obtaining a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics. He was called to the bar from Lincoln’s Inn and began practising law in Karachi in the early 1950s.

Judicial career

He was elected secretary of the High Court Bar in 1964 and was raised to the bench of the then West Pakistan High Court in 1967. Elevated to the Supreme Court in 1976, he resigned in 1981 and devoted the rest of his life to waging a crusade for the rights of the oppressed and downtrodden. In 1990, he became the second Pakistani to be elected a member of the exclusive International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).

Published Work

  • Pakistan Mein Aamriat Aur Jajoon Ka Kirdar by

Dorab Patel Translated by Naeemullah Malik

  • Testament of a Liberal (Jinnah Papers) (Paperback)

by Dorab Patel

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