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Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan (Pakistan)

Elected President of the seventeenth session of the General Assembly

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Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan, who was elected President of the General Assembly today, was Pakistan's first Foreign Minister from l947 to 1954 and in that capacity headed Pakistan's delegation to the annual sessions of the general Assembly. From 1954 until 1961, he served as a member of the International Court of Justice in the Hague - He has served an Pakistant's Permanent Representative to the United Nations since August 1961.

Zafrulla Khan was born in Sialkot now in West Pakistano on 6 February 1893, and was educated at the Government College, Lahore, and later at King's College, London. He was called to the Bar from Lincoln's Inn, London., and subsequently practiced law in the Lahore High Court from 1914 to 1935.

From 1926 to 1935, he was a member of the Punjab Legislative Council, and during this period from 1930 to 1932 he also served as a delegate to the Indidn Round Table Conferences.

He was elected President of the All-India Muslim League in 1931 and in 1933 served as a delegate to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on Indian Reforms. From 1935 to 1941 he waa a member of the Viceroy's Executive Council., holding the portfolio of Commerce and Railways, Industry and Labor, and Law and War Supply.

In December 1939, Zafrulla Khan headed the Indian Delegation to the Session of the Assembly of the League of Nations and from October 1941 to June 1947, he surved as Judge of the federal court of India. During this period, he served, briefly during 19421 in China as Agent-General of the Government of India.

Following the independence of Pakistan, Zafrulla Khan became Pakistan's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Commonwealth Relations. In December 1947, and in that capacity until 1954 headed Pakistan delegation to the United Nations General Assembly sessions and also to the Security Council meetings on the India-Pakistan dispute during 1948 to 1952.

In 1954,Zafrulla Khan was elected a member of the Internntional Court of Justice and served in that capacity until February 1961, during which period he also became Vice-President of the World Court,

In Augunt 1961, Zefrulla Khan was appointed by the Government, of Pakistan as the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations,

Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan is the author of "Indian Case"; "The Criminal Law Journal of India"; "Fifteen Years' Digest,"; and "Reprints of Punjab Criminal Rulings, Vol, IV."