LONDON: Sibghat Kadri, Britain’s first-ever Pakistani-origin and Muslim Queen’s Counsel (QC) Barrister, handed away after battling most cancers for greater than two years.
The information was confirmed by Barrister Rashid Ahmed, who was educated at Mr Kadri QC’s chambers and labored alongside Mr Kadri QC in quite a few main circumstances.
He apprised that Kadri had been affected by most cancers, lung and coronary heart ailments in addition to age-related medical circumstances.
He has left behind his spouse Carita Kadri, son Sadakat Kadri, daughter Maria Kadri and two grandchildren.
Expressing his profound grief over the demise of Sibghat Kadri, Barrister Rashid Ahmed stated, “He was a mentor, a buddy, a colleague, a father determine and a legend not simply to myself however to an entire era of attorneys.”
“He educated lots of of attorneys from deprived backgrounds who’re right now generally known as legislation consultants of their areas. His contribution to the ethnic minorities in Britain was immense. He campaigned in opposition to racism, injustice and inequality when there have been solely voices. With out his efforts, ethnic minorities within the UK wouldn’t have the identical human rights as they’ve right now. He has left a void which can by no means be crammed,” Ahmed added.
Sibghatullah Kadri QC began his profession as a scholar chief in Karachi, working in opposition to Ziaul Haq’s martial legislation and went on to change into a number one civil rights lawyer and an authority on immigration legal guidelines and race relations in Britain.
Sibghat Kadri QC, the previous Chairman of the Society of Black Attorneys, was known as to the Bar in 1969. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and likewise a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Internal Temple.
He was elected Basic Secretary of Karachi College students Union and was arrested for opposing martial legislation in Pakistan and languished in jail for seven months for opposing Zia’s regime.
After coming to the UK to coach as a lawyer, Kadri got here to the forefront of the battle in opposition to racial discrimination each within the authorized training within the career on the Bar.
Barrister Sibghat Kadri was a everlasting participant of Each day Jang’s boards for British Pakistani communities and repeatedly took half in debates Geo TV organized within the UK on race relations, immigration and group points till just a few years in the past.
He remained lively all through in Pakistani political and authorized affairs and was Chairman of the Attorneys Committee for Human Rights in Pakistan.
Mr Kadri was the Lawyer of the Month in September 2007 and was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Asian Attorneys in 2008. He was a number one authority on Sharia legislation.