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Mohammed Ikramullah

(1903-1963), Chairman of Commonwealth Economic Committee

Sitter in 2 portraits
Born into an aristocratic family in the princely state of Bhopal, Ikramullah served as a senior member in the Indian Civil Service for the Government of British India. He went on to join Jinnah's Partition Committee becoming Pakistan's first Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to Canada, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. He served as Advisor to the preparatory commissions of the United Nations in London and San Francisco, and at its first general assembly (1945-1946). Appointed Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (1946). He had been nominated as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth at the time of his death. Married to Kolkata-born Shaista Suhrawardy, a writer and one of Pakistan's first two female members of Parliament.

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