Senator Wasim Sajjad was sworn in as Chairman Senate of Pakistan for the fourth consecutive term on 21st March 1997. Earlier he had been continuously holding this office since 24th December, 1988 to 20th March, 1997. He also served as a President of Pakistan from 19th July, 1993 to 13th November, 1993 and again from 2nd December, 1997 to 1st January, 1998.
Born on 30 March 1941, Mr. Wasim Sajjad graduated from the University of the Punjab in 1961 obtaining first class with honours in English. He stood first in FEL and LLB examinations of the Punjab University in 1962 and 1963 winning gold medals in both examinations. He won another gold medal in 1964 by securing first position in M.A. (Political Science). He won the Ruchi Ram Sahni Declamation and Krishan Kishore Grover Declamation prizes of the Punjab University.
He was selected for Rhodes scholarship from Pakistan for studies at Oxford University in 1964 and obtained honours in jurisprudence from there in 1966. He also obtained the Post-Graduate degree of B.C.L. (Bachelor of Civil Laws) from Oxford University in 1967. He is a Barrister from the Inner Temple, London. He is an honorary fellow of Wadham College Oxford.
During his academic career, Mr. Wasim Saijad had the distinction of being the President of different societies of the institutions where he studied. At Oxford, he was the President of the Islamic Society and the Pakistan Society. He was also the President of Oxford Birkenhead Society. He has been holding the position of Secretary, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for Pakistan since 1981. He has also been teaching at the Law College, Lahore as part-time lecturer from 1967-77.
Mr. Wasim Sajjad has been practising Law at the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan since 1966. He appeared in a large number of cases of constitutional and legal importance before the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He attended the International Asian Cricket Conference at New Delhi in 1983 to draft a constitution for the Conference. He has attended several international conferences, including the International Parliamentary Conferences in Sophia (Belgrade) and Madrid (Spain) as leader of the Pakistan delegation.
Mr. Wasim Sajjad has travelled widely and has led several parliamentary delegations to other countries like UK, Germany, France, USA, Australia, Turkey, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, Republic of Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Spain, Qatar and Japan. He represented the President of Pakistan at the Summit meeting of the OIC at Dakar in Senegal.
He was elected to the Senate as a technocrat from Punjab in 1985 and again in 1991. He held the Cabinet portfolio as the Federal Minister for Justice and Parliamentary-Affairs from 28 September, 1986 to 1 December, 1988. He has also held the portfolio of the Ministry of Interior. He has acted as President of Pakistan on several occasions during the absence abroad of the President and also during the critical period when Mr. Ghulam Ishaq Khan vacated the office of the President of Pakistan on 19 July, 1993 and there was a vacuum of leadership in the country. During the period that he held the office of President, fresh elections were held for the National and the Provincial Assemblies and a smooth transfer of powers was made to the new leadership in the country.