Thursday, April 18, 2013

Abdul Latif Afridi

Abdul Latif Afridi (born November 14, 1943) is a lawyer, currently vice Chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council and the former president of the Pakistan Peshawar High Court Bar Association. A former member of the Pakistan Parliament, (National Assembly between 1997 and 1999) and senior leader of the Awami National Party.[1]


Early life

Abdul Latif Afridi was born in 1943 in TirahKhyber Agency. He did his Master's from Peshawar University in 1966. Two years later, he did his LLB from the same institution. He was expelled from the university for supporting Fatima Jinnah in the 1964 presidential election. In 1979, he joined the Ghaus Bux Bizenjo-led Pakistan National Party (PNP) and became its Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial president. In 1986, when the PNP was merged into the Awami National Party (ANP), Latif Afridi became its first provincial president. In 1997, he was elected as a member of national assembly from NA-33.[2]

 Political career

A former provincial President (1986–1989) General secretary (2005–2007) of the Awami National Party and its short-lived breakaway faction the National Awami Party of Pakistan, he has achieved fame as a supporter of the lawyers' movement in 2007–2009.[3]

 Lawyers' movement

Latif Afridi is a former president of the Peshawar High Court Bar Association (PHCBA) and ANP Lawyers' Wing, as well as vice president of the party's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chapter. Elected as president of the PHCBA four times, he has been at the forefront of the lawyers' movement that culminated in the restoration of Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry.

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