Muneer a. Malik



Designation: Lawyer
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Pakistan Bar Council

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Munir A. Malik (sometimes spelled Muneer) was [Attorney General of Pakistan] and a prominent Pakistani lawyer and key leader of the Lawyers' Movement in Pakistan. He is the former President of the Supreme Court Bar Association of Pakistan (SCBA). He was the leader of the legal defense team of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry when the latter was dismissed by general Pervez Musharraf after receiving payment from the establishment.


Malik was arrested after Musharraf declared a state of emergency. He was initially admitted at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences on 25 November 2007, seriously ill and under treatment for kidney failure requiring dialysis. He was transferred to Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation in Karachi, where he still requires renal replacement therapy in the form of hemodialysis. Some reports indicate that he has developed liver dysfunction also. He complained about psychological abuse.

Imran Khan has expressed concern about Malik's health and has blamed the government. He has criticized government to deny him of access to clean drinking water when he was under arrest in Attock jail. However, the doctors at the Pakistan Institute of Sciences (PIMS) conducted a toxicology screen and ruled out any foul play. The Pakistan government reportedly has denied any role in Munir's illness and has attributed it to chronic alcoholism resulting in cirrhosis of the liver and subsequent liver-kidney failure. Munir Malik has not pursued any charges against an individual or the Pakistani government and neither has sought an independent medical opinion.

Role in reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

After the suspension and arrest of Iftikhar Chaudhry on 9 March 2007, Muneer Malik was one of the first people to contact him and assure the unconditional support of lawyers. The same day, Malik declared, "This is a callous conspiracy of the highest order against superior judiciary ."

For his role in the lawyers' movement he has been decorated with a number of awards, including the Dorab Patel Rule of Law Award conferred by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Human Rights Defender Award of the Asian Human Rights Commission that he shared with successor as President SCBA, Aitzaz Ahsan and the 2008 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

Attempt on his life

On 10 May 2007, Muneer A. Malik was watching TV at 3:00 am at his home in DHA when he heard bullets being fired that hit the upper portion of his house where his son and other family members were present. Windows of his house were broken and bullets signs were present outside the wall of his house as well as inside the home. His daughter and his family members remained safe.

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sudershan Thakur ( chandigarh,India) Friday, May 25, 2012 1:20:45 PM (MDT - USA)
i have got chance to meet Advocate Muneer at Punjab and Haryana High court Chandigarh (2012)when Lawyers from pakistan visited India on courtesy call.It was very nice interaction with him .at paucity of short time itaken him Chief justice court room .it was nice interaction with a fellow brother from thing i want mention here while interacting with him i never felt single occassion that there is some kind of difference between people of India and Pakistan

agha tassavar zulkikar ( dubai,Pakistan) Monday, July 4, 2011 10:30:06 AM (MDT - USA)
He is our hero,living legent.And an istituation of law. He has been given an excellent momery.he is shining hope in the country agains tclnndistine force

iqbal jamil ( karachi,Pakistan) Thursday, November 18, 2010 11:36:29 PM (MDT - USA)
ہم منیر اے ملک کو عدلیہ بحالی تحریک شروع کرنے اور اس تحریک کے لئے بے مثا ل قربانیاں دینے پر خراج تحسین پیش کرتے ہیں،

ghulam mustafa ( islamabad,Pakistan) Saturday, October 2, 2010 3:32:38 AM (MDT - USA)
Assalikm u alikm sir hope so u be f9. it was a long time to see u ur fan espically ur role in judicial movement was great.

IBRAR Ahmed ( Gujrat,Pakistan) Sunday, March 15, 2009 3:08:22 AM (MDT - USA)
I salute you on your determination with Pakistan. From. Ch.Ibrar Ahmed Advocate L.L.B(PAK) L.L.M(U.K)

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