Aitzaz Ahsan is one of Pakistan’s leading advocates for the rule of law and an open, pluralistic society. He is a Senior Advocate before the Supreme Court, a member of the Central Executive Committee of Bhuto’s Pakistan People’s Party and having been Leader of the House and the Opposition in the Senate in the past was again elected Senator in 2012. Mr. Ahsan has been jailed several times by the military regimes of General Zia ul-Haq and General Parvez Musharraf. During one such jail term he authored his best-selling cultural history of Pakistan: “The Indus Saga” (OUP). Between 2007 and 2009 he led the Lawyers’ Movement that impelled the reinstatement of judges deposed by military decree. He is the recipient of numerous international honors defense of the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, including the 2008 Asian Commission for Human Rights Award and the 2008 Special Award of the Washington based Middle East Institute. He has thrice served as Federal Ministerbetween 1988-90 and in 1993.