Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar



Ibrahim Ismail Chundrigar was born in 1897 at Ahmadabad. He passed his B.A and L.L.B examinations from Bombay University and then started practicing law in 1920. In 1937 elections, he was elected as a member of the Bombay Legislative Council on All India Muslim League””””””””s ticket. A year later, he was elected as the deputy leader of the party in the legislative assembly. He remained the president of Bombay Muslim League from 1940 to 1945. When Quaid-i-Azam was asked to nominate the members of Muslim League for the interim government in 1946, the Quaid selected I.I Chudrigar as one of his nominees.

After the independence of Pakistan, Chundrigar was appointed as the Minister for Trade and Commerce in the first cabinet of the newly established country. Next he served as the Ambassador of Pakistan at Kabul. After that, he was appointed as the governor of North-West Frontier Province and also served as governor of the Punjab from November 1951 to May 1953. In August 1955 he assumed the charge as the Law Minister in the Federal Cabinet and served in the same capacity till August 1957. After the resignation of Suhrawardy, Iskader Mizra asked I.I. Chundrigar to establish his ministry in the center. Himself, a leader of Muslim League, Chundrigar formed his government on October 18, 1957 with the help of the Republican Party, Krishak Sramik Party and Nizam-i-Islam Party. His tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan proved to be the shortest one, as he failed to maintain the support of his coalition partners at a time when the president of the country was involved in palace intrigues. He was forced to resign on December 11, 1957 and thus could only remained Prime Minister of Pakistan for less than two months. During his short tenure, he raised his voice in favor of Separate Electorates.

I.I. Chundrigar was more of a lawyer than a politician. He gained a lot of popularity as a constitutional lawyer, when he pleaded the case of Maulvi Tameezuddin for the restoration of the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan. He died on September 26, 1960.




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