Monday, May 29, 2023

Sibghat Kadri, Pakistani Muslim Queen’s Counsel, dies

He was Queen's Counsel in 1989 and a Bencher of the Inner Temple.

Sibghat Kadri, the first Pakistani-origin and Muslim Queen’s Counsel (QC) Barrister in the United Kingdom, went dead after a two-year battle with cancer.

Barrister Rashid Ahmed, who trained at Mr. Kadri QC’s chambers and has worked with Mr. Kadri QC on a number of high-profile cases, corroborated the information.

He informed them that Kadri had been suffering from cancer, lung and heart ailments, as well as age-related medical issues for a long time.

His wife, Carita Kadri, son Sadakat Kadri, daughter Maria Kadri, and two grandkids are all left to mourn his passing.

Upon learning of the death of Sibghat Kadri, Barrister Rashid Ahmed expressed his deep sorrow, saying, “He was not just a mentor, but also a friend, a colleague, a father figure, and a legend, not only to me, but also to an entire generation of attorneys.”

I’ve seen him train hundreds of lawyers from underprivileged backgrounds who are now recognised as legal authorities in their fields. His contribution to ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom was immeasurable.

He worked against racism, injustice, and inequality during a time when there were only voices raised in opposition. Ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom would not have the same human rights protections that they do now if it were not for his work. “He has left a gap that will never be filled,” Ahmed went on to explain.

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