WEB DESK: Sir Muhammad Zafarullah Khan served as the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan and the first Asian and the only Pakistani to preside over the UN General Assembly and the International Court of Justice

Born in Sialkot, British India, Khan was educated as a lawyer at the GC University and the Kings College London.

Khan went on to serve as a member of Punjab Legislative Council between 1926 and 1931, and was a delegate in 1930, 1931, and 1932 to the Round Table Conferences on Indian reforms in London, England.

He became a member of the All-India Muslim League which led the Pakistan movement and served as the leagues president between 1931 and 1932.

Khan became one of the most vocal proponents of Pakistan and led the case for the separate nation in the Radcliffe Commission which drew the countries of modern-day South Asia.

He moved to Karachi in August 1947 and became a member of Pakistans first cabinet serving as the countrys debut foreign minister under the Liaquat administration.

He remained Pakistans top diplomat until 1954 when he left to serve on the International Court of Justice and remained on the court as a judge until 1958 when he became the courts vice president.

At the request of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he represented the Muslim League in July 1947 before the Radcliffe Boundary Commission and presented the case of the Muslims in a highly commendable manner.

Zafarullah Khan advised the Nawab of Junagadh that if he decided to join his state with Pakistan, it would be both moral and legal. The Nawab then proceeded to announce his decision.

Zafarullah represented Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly as head of the Pakistani delegation and advocated the position of the Muslim world on the Palestinian issue.

He died in Lahore on 1 September 1985 following a protracted illness. He was buried at Rabwah, now known as Chenab Nagar.