Punjab Muslim League

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President Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Leaders Sir Mian Muhammad Shafi
Sir Muhammad Iqbal
Malik Barkat Ali
Founded 1907 (1907)
Headquarters Lahore, Punjab
Ideology Two Nation Theory

When the All-India Muslim League was founded at Dacca, on 30 December 1906 at the occasion of the annual All India Muhammadan Educational Conference, It was participated by the Muslim leaders from Punjab, i.e., Sir Mian Muhammad Shafi, Mian Fazl-i-Hussain, Abdul Aziz, Khawaja Yusuf Shah and Sh. Ghulam Sadiq.[1] Earlier Mian Muhammad Shafi organized a Muslim Association in early 1906, but when the All-India Muslim League was formed, he established its powerful branch in the Punjab of which he became the General Secretary. Shah Din was elected as its first President. This branch, organized in November 1907, was known as the Punjab Provincial Muslim League.[2]

Early years[edit]

In 1913, Muhammad Ali Jinnah joined All-India Muslim League, and he was in favour of Hindu - Muslim working relationship and like Fazl-i-Hussain, Maulana Muhammad Ali, Pir Taj-ud-Din, Khalifa Shuja-ud-Din and Zafar Ali Khan wanted to befriend the Indian National Congress in order to attain self-government through constitutional means.[3]

In 1916, Muhammed Ali Jinnah, negotiated with the Indian National Congress to reach an agreement to pressure the British Government to have a more liberal approach to India and give Indians more authority to run their country. The Muslim League changed its major objective and decided to join hands with the Congress in order to put pressure on the British government. Prior to this, the main objective of the Muslim League, was to preserve only Muslim interests in India,

However, Muslim leaders from Punjab, led by Muhammad Shafi stood for preservation of Muslim rights without alienating the sympathies of British government and opposed the Lucknow Pact signed on Dec. 28, 1916.

Muhammad Shafi and his other conservative friends like Maulvi Rafi-ud-Din, Abdul Aziz and Syed Ali Raza opposed the co-operation between All-India Muslim League and the Indian National Congress, on the grounds that it would sacrifice the Muslim majority in provinces of Punjab and Bengal. He wanted to stress the separate Muslim entity and refused to give up his thinkings, which according to him was very blood of the Muslim nation.[4]

According to S. Qalb-i-Abid the conservative leaders in the Punjab Muslim League under Sir Muhammad Shafi’s leadership were advised by the Punjab’s administration to revolt against the supporters of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on various important political developments from time to time. The revolt against Mr. Jinnah became very serious splitting the Punjab Muslim League into two groups – the Jinnah group and the Shafi group. These deep divisions had earlier been created with the British support on the eve of conclusion of historic Lucknow Pact of 1916 between the Congress and the Muslim League.[5]

Delhi Muslim Proposals and Simon Commission.[edit]

In 1926, Sir Muhammad Shafi’s was elected as President, while Sir Muhammad Iqbal was elected as General Secretary.[6] It is worth mentioning that Sir Muhammad Iqbal was also elected as a member of Punjab Council in the same year and started his political innings in a tremendous manner. During the period between 1927 and 30, Punjab Muslim League also opposed central All India Muslim League due to differences over Delhi Proposals and boycott of Simon Commission.[7]

On the last two issues, Mr. Jinnah was sincerely trying to find a solution of ever-increasing communalism in Indian politics and at the same time he was trying to establish a common front for the freedom of India. But the Punjabi group of politicians with the support of British administration in India, engineered a coup d'état against Mr. Jinnah’s leadership and successfully relegated the All India Muslim League to the background. At this point in time, both the British administration and the Congress party were happy that in their opinion, Mr. Jinnah could no longer represent the Muslims of British India. The All India Muslim Conference with official patronage emerged as a political organization under the leadership of Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan to represent the Muslims opinion in India replacing the All India Muslim League with all practical purposes.[8]

Nehru Report (1928) not only worsened the political situation but also ended the hopes of any future rapprochement between Hindus and the Muslims. It had left no alternatives for Muslims except to think in terms of separation from Indian federation and to ask for division of India.[9] Due to this report, both Punjab Muslim League and All India Muslim League forgot their difference and the Muslim leaders took almost identical position on various issues

The British Governor of the Punjab and the UP arranged a very high position for the Unionist party’s top brass, their allies and also for their nominees to assume a leading role in all the negotiations for constitutional advance in India at the Round Table Conferences in London in 1930’s leading to the Government of India Act – 1935. The All India Muslim League had little to say in these negotiations and it was under these circumstances that Mr. Jinnah had to spend a few years in self-exile in London.[10]

Allahabad Address[edit]

Sir Muhammad Iqbal

On Dec. 29, 1930 Sir Muammad Iqbal delivered his monumental address. He said:[11]

I would like to see Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sindh and Balochistan amalgamated into a single state. Self government within the British Empire or without the British Empire, the formation of a consolidated North-West Indian Muslim state appears to me to be the final destiny of the Muslims, at least of North-West India.

It is important to note that Sir Muammad Iqbal did not use the word "Pakistan" in his address. According to some scholars, that Iqbal had not presented the idea of an autonomous Muslim State; rather he wanted a large Muslim province by amalgamating Punjab, Sindh, NWFP and Baluchistan into a big North-Western province within India.[12] They argued that "Iqbal never pleaded for any kind of partition of the country. Rather he was an ardent proponent of a 'true' federal setup for India..., and wanted a consolidated Muslim majority within the Indian Federation".[13]

Another Indian historian Tara Chand also held that Iqbal was not thinking in terms of partition of India but in terms of a federation of autonomous states within India.[14] Dr. Safdar Mehmood also fell a prey to the same misconception and in a series of articles he asserted that in Allahabad address Iqbal proposed a Muslim majority province within the Indian federation and not an independent state outside the Indian Federation.[15]

On January 28, 1933, Choudhary Rahmat Ali voiced his ideas in the pamphlet entitled "Now or Never;[16] Are We to Live or Perish Forever?" The word 'Pakstan' referred to "the five Northern units of India, viz. : Punjab, North-West Frontier Province (Afghan Province), Kashmir, Sind and Baluchistan"". By the end of 1933, the word "Pakistan" became common vocabulary where an “I” was added to ease pronunciation (as in Afghan-i-stan). In a subsequent book Rehmat Ali discussed the etymology in further detail.[17] "Pakistan' is both a Persian and an Urdu word. It is composed of letters taken from the names of all our South Asia homelands; that is, Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh and Balochistan. It means the land of the Pure".

According to some scholars,[18] "Rehmat Ali’s concept of Pakistan was nebulous, impractical and fantasy-ridden. It was to include the entire northwest of India, Kashmir, the Kathiawar peninsula, Kutch, and several enclaves deep within UP, including Delhi and Lucknow. There were to be two independent Muslim states besides Pakistan: Bangistan comprising Bengal and Assam in the east and Osmanistan in the south. These two were to form a federation with Pakistan. The 243 principalities or Rajwaras were to be divided among caste Hindus and “others” and then herded together in a ghetto called Hanoodia. As for the Sikhs, they were to be pushed into an enclave called Sikhia. Other races and religions were to inhabit an encampment by the name of Hanadika. Every non-Muslim was to remain subservient to the master race he called “The Paks”, and yes, the subcontinent was to be renamed Dinia. He did not say how he was going to bring all that about."

The British and the Indian Press vehemently criticized these two different schemes and created a confusion about the authorship of the word "Pakistan" to such an extent that even Jawahur Lal Nehru had to write: ""Iqbal was one of the early advocates of Pakistan and yet he appears to have realized its inherent danger and absurdity. Edward Thompson has written that in the course of conversation, Iqbal told him that he had advocated Pakistan because of his position as President of Muslim League session, but he felt sure that it would be injurious to India as a whole and to Muslims especially."[19]

Sir Muhammad Iqbal disapproved the scheme of Ch. rahmat Ali because there were seven or eight other imaginary and utopian ‘…stans’ linked with this scheme. He wrote to Prof. Edward John Thompson of Oxford University, that[citation needed]

You call me a protagonist of the scheme called “Pakistan”. Now Pakistan is not my scheme. (Iqbal is here, referring to Ch. Rehmat Ali's scheme of Pakistan) The one that I suggested in my address is the creation of a Muslim Province – i.e.; a province having an overwhelming population of Muslims in the North-West of India. This new province will be, according to my scheme, a part of the proposed Indian Federation. Pakistan scheme (i.e., scheme of Ch. Rahmat Ali) proposes a separate federation of Muslim Provinces directly related to England as a separate dominion. This scheme originated in Cambridge. The authors[20] of this scheme believe that we Muslim Round Tablers have sacrificed the Muslim nation on the altar of Hindu or the so called Indian Nationalism.

Like Iqbal, Jinnah also disapproved this scheme and considered it[21]

as some sort of Walt Disney dreamland, if not Wellsian nightmare", and thought that "he felt the professional's contempt for the amateur's mistake of showing his hand without holding the trumps.

Punjab Muslim league and Unionist Party (Punjab)[edit]

In the mean time, the British Government and Punjab administration was able to create a very dedicated class of loyal supporters of the British raj among the Punjab Muslims, (represented by the Unionist Party) the Sikhs and the followers of Hindu Mahasabha. This loyalist class seriously and most sincerely believed that the interests of their communities they represent were identical with those of the British government. In 1924, the Punjab Unionist party was established to follow this policy as a role model among of course other objectives such as to protect the interest of the landed classes.[22]

In 1934, the Quaid-i-Azam returned to India with a new mission and a new vision to revive the Muslim League at center and provincial levels. However, the actual reorganization started in 1936 to contest the upcoming elections a year later.

According to Khurram Mahmood If we observe only Punjab as being a Muslim majority province, there was no support for Muslim League, of any type from rural areas except some limited urban circles. Therefore in order to secure the support of Muslim masses, Jinnah comprehended that it was essential to reorganize PPML. Jinnah was much concerned about the future of League in Punjab, because being a Muslim majority province it held a significant position in his eyes. As far as the re-organization of League was concerned, it was a long-term plan and could take several years, but election was due shortly.[23] Therefore, Jinnah decided to co-opt with Unionist Party. For him it was the best solution as a short cut to the successful rebirth of Punjab Muslim League.[24]

He requested Fazl-i-Hussain President of Unionist Party to preside the AIML session at Bombay in April, 1936.[25]

Like a shrewd politician, Fazl-i-Hussain declined the offer of Jinnah on account of his bad health.[26] and calculating the advantages and disadvantages of his alliance with a purely Muslim Party, Fazl-i-Husain refused to oblige Mr. Jinnah. The Unionist Party leaders had decided to challenge the revival of the Punjab Muslim League and defeat Jinnah’s efforts to put a new life into it. The Unionist Party was the in-charge of the corridors of the powers in the Punjab and therefore, their leaders were in the driving seats.[27]

Private papers, letters and correspondence to and from the Unionist leaders indicated that they had made plans to keep the Punjab Muslim League out of politics and to keep the Punjab Muslims away from the activities of the Punjab Muslim League under the leadership of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.

Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan, who later became Punjab’s Chief Minister advised Jinnah to keep his finger 'out of Punjab pie' – ‘and if the meddles – Jinnah might burn his fingers’.[28]

1937 Elections[edit]

As anticipated, in the 1937 elections the Unionist party was able to win a heavy mandate of the Muslims of the Punjab. On the other hand the Punjab Muslim League was able to win only two seats in the Punjab Assembly. One of the winning candidates, Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan deserted the PML as soon as the results were officially announced. The other winning candidate was an urban elite, brilliant and an academic lawyer Malik Barkat Ali[29]

Sir Fazl-i-Husain died in 1936, leaving the way clear for Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan to become the first Chief Minister of the Punjab under the newly introduced provincially autonomy under the act of 1935. Sir Sikander was the strongest Chief Minister in India getting the support of 120 out of 175 members of the Punjab Assembly. He laid the foundation of the strongest pro-government ministry in the Punjab.

Contrary to his expectations, the Congress party soon after resuming power in India made Sir Sikandar’s life extremely difficult in the Punjab. The Punjab Congress and their allies like the Khaksars, Majlis-e-Itihad-e-Millat and the Ahrars pooled their resources to give Sir Sikander a very tough opposition. He and his party could no longer afford to be politically isolated and some sort of alliance with the Punjab Muslim League, no matter how loose it may be, was essential for the survival of Sikandar Ministry.

He agreed to sign a pact with Jinnah called as Sikandar-Jinnah Pact. Sikandar Hayat Khan's motives remain unclear, but it is suspected that he hoped to become the leader of Muslim League in his own province, if not its ultimate leader. Whatever be the reason, this helped the Muslim League to carve out a niche in Punjab.

The PML leaders like Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Malik Barkat Ali,[30] were not happy with this situation and began to send a catalogue of complaints to Jinnah against Sir Sikander alleging that the Punjab Premier had been hindering the growth the PML at all levels and both Barkat Ali and Iqbal also recommended the rupture of Sikandar-Jinnah alliance and punish the Punjab Premier.[31]

Iqbal died in 1938 and Sir Shahnawaz Mamdot who was a personal friend of Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan, became the Punjab Muslim League leader. The Nawab due to his connections with the British administrators and also due to his friendship with Sikander was not in favour of severing links with the Unionist party. Moreover, it seems that Jinnah would have made his own calculations that at least for the time being playing for time was the best policy in dealing with Sir Sikandar Hayat’s policies based on maintaining the status quo model in Punjab politics. Quaid-i-Azam was a man of vision and farsightedness and he fully understood the limitations of the Punjab Muslim League analyzing that Iqbal was a poet-philosopher and Barket Ali had personal grievances against Sikandar; and that putting undue pressure on Sir Sikandar was not in the best interest of the Punjab Muslim League.[32]

The next biggest move by the Muslim League was passage of Lahore Resolution,[33] in March 1940 which entailed the dismemberment of the Punjab and the division of India into Hindu and Muslim states. The Lahore resolution created many problems for Sikander and his successor Khizr Hayat Tiwana.[34] The cooperation between PML and the Unionist therefore did not last long because Sir Sikander once again tried to sail into two boats. However his dual loyalty was tolerated by the League leadership and no strict action was taken against him.

Khizr was appointed Chief Minister of Punjab because of his family’s deep loyalty to the British.[35]

When he was considered for the Chief Ministership, there were eminent and experienced politicians available; they were Nawab Muzaffar Khan, Liquat Hayat Khan and Malik Feroz Khan Noon. However, The Governor perhaps preferred Khizr because he was expected to rely more on his advice. When Khizr committed many political blunders and adopted anti-Muslim League policies, the alliance between the two parties came to an end. The Muslim supporters of Unionist party were therefore advised by the Muslim League to divorce themselves from the Unionist Party and join the Muslim League ranks as early as possible.

Thereafter the Muslim supporters of the Unionist party were trickling towards the Muslim League. Some leading Sajjada Nasheens and Pirs[36] joined the Muslim League and later on they appealed to the Muslims to support the Muslim League’s Pakistan Movement[37] because by doing so they will be supporting the cause of Islam.

1946 Elections[edit]

On August 21, 1945 the viceroy announced that elections would be held that Winter to the Central and Provincial Legislative Assemblies. They were to precede the convent ion of a constitution-making body for British India. The Muslim League had to succeed in this crucial test if its popular support of its demand for Pakistan was to be credible. In particular it had to succeed in the Punjab as there could be no Pakistan without that province. But in the Punjab's last elections held in 1937 the League had fared disastrously. It had put forward a mere seven candidates for the 85 Muslim seats and only two had been successful.[38] One of those candidates, Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan also deserted the Punjab Muslim League, so there was only one Successful candidate of Punjab Muslim League.

On 23 February 1946, all the results of the elections were known and the Punjab Press reported with big headlines the crushing defeat of the Unionist party. Only 13 Muslims were elected on the Unionist ticket, even some of their minister lost their securities in the elections. The Muslim League won a grand victory by capturing 73 seats of a total of 86. Even at this stage, the Congress was all out to install a Unionist ministry in order to keep the Muslim League out of power.[39]

The 1946 elections proved to be turning point in the history of the Punjab Muslim League. In the 1946 election campaign, the Muslim League was able to publicize its views widely. It claimed that Islam was threatened by Congress. "Pirs" and "Sajjada Nashin" helped the Muslim League to attract Muslim voters. By early 1946, the Muslim League had been able to secure the support of many leading families of Punjab and also eminent Pirs and Sajjada Nasheens.

To give one example of his own area Khizr Hayat Tiwana faced strong opposition from the descendants of Pirs and sajjada Nashins. In district Shahpur, Khwaja Qamar ul Din Sialvi, Qazi Zafar Hussain, and Qazi Mazhar Qayyum gave tough competition to Tiwanas. Khwaja Qamar ul Din Sialvi of Sial Sharif, a descendant of great pir Khawaja Sham-ud-Din was president of District Shahpur Muslim League. He was very influential in his region. Likewise Qazis of Soon Valley and descendants of Sufi Qazi Mian Muhammad Amjad commanded great respect in their areas. They appealed to their people to vote against Tiwanas. With regard to the exertion of religious influence over the people, the grand father of Khizar Hayat Tiwana, Malik Sahib Khan[40] could not compete with the great grand father of Qazi Zafar Hussain, and Qazi Mazhar Qayyum, Qazi Kalim Allah,[41] and their father Qazi Mian Muhammad Amjad. According to SARAH F. D. ANSARI, the Sajjada Nashin or Pir families were not so rich in terms of land as the great land lords of Punjab but these Sajjada Nashin or Pir families exerted great political and religious influence over the people.[42]

Accrodin to Ayesha Jalal, David Gimartin believes that a number of pirs developed a personal stake in the League's election campaign; not because this was the most appropriate tactical response to the prospect of a British transfer of power but because the pirs saw in the Pakistan movement an opportunity to break out of the colonial structures that had for so long thwarted their religious interests.[43]

Pakistan came into being on 14 August 1947, "Pakistan would never have come into being", Talbot argues, "had the Unionist Party held on to the support of Muslim rural elites during the 1946 Punjab Provincial Assembly Election. The Muslim Lanlords and Pirs joined the Muslim League before the 1946 election, without its victory in Punjab in that election", Talbot asserts, "the Muslim League would not have gotten Pakistan".[44]

Penderel Moon simply attributes the League's rise to power to the alluring and irresistible appeal of the Pakistan cry to the Muslim masses.[45] Peter Hardy's explained that the Muslim League gained its electoral success in the Punjab by making a religious appeal over the heads of the professional politicians.[46] Pakistani historians have explained the League's success in the Punjab, as elsewhere in the subcontinent, solely in terms of the Two Nation Theory.[47] Whatever the historians may suggest, one thing is clear that League's success was due to the political vision, farsightedness of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He was a man of high personal integrity and intelligence who became a Grandmaster of the game by his clever, and clever calculations.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A.Moin Zaidi, Evolution of Muslim Political Thought in India, 1857-1916 Vol. I (Delhi: 1975), pp.89-90.
  2. ^ Jahanara Shahnawaz, Father and Daughter, p.19. Jahanara Shahnawaz, Father and Daughter: A Political Autobiography (Lahore: 1971)
  3. ^ M. Rafique Afzal, 'Origin of the Idea of a Separate Muslim State' , JRSP (1966), pp.177-82.
  4. ^ Jahanara Shahnawaz, Father and Daughter: A Political Autobiography (Lahore: 1971)
  5. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  6. ^ M. Rafique Afzal, 'Origin of the Idea of a Separate Muslim State' , JRSP (1966),
  7. ^ Iqbal and Provincial Politics of Punjab (1926-1938), by Khurram Mahmood.
  8. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  9. ^ Iqbal and Provincial Politics of Punjab (1926-1938), by Khurram Mahmood.
  10. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  11. ^ A.R. Tariq (ed.), Speeches and Statements ofIqbal (Lahore: 1973),
  12. ^ K.K. Aziz, Making ofPakistan (London: 1970), p.81.
  13. ^ Verinder Grover (ed.), Muhammad Iqbal: Poet Thinker of Modern Muslim India Vol. 25 (New Delhi: Deep & Deep Publications, 1995), pp.666-67.
  14. ^ Tara Chand, History of Freedom Movement in India Vol. III (New Delhi: 1972), p.253.
  15. ^ lang, Mar. 23, 24 & 25, 2003; Also see, Safdar Mahmood, Iqbal, Jinnah aur Pakistan (Lahore: Khazina Ilm-wa-Adab, 2004), pp.52-69.
  16. ^ Full text of the pamphlet "Now or Never," published by Choudhary Rahmat Ali , http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00islamlinks/txt_rahmatali_1933.html
  17. ^ Choudhary Rahmat Ali, 1947, Pakistan: the fatherland of the Pak nation, Cambridge, OCLC: 12241695
  18. ^ Khalid Hasan, Let Chaudhry Rehmat Ali lie in peace http://www.khalidhasan.net/2004/10/15/let-chaudhry-rehmat-ali-lie-in-peace/
  19. ^ J.L. Nehru, Discovery ofIndia (New York: 1946), p.353.
  20. ^ Ch. Rehmat Ali, Khawaja Abdur Rahim, Muhammad Aslam Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Sadiq, Inayatullah Khan of Cambridge.
  21. ^ Frank. Moraes, Witness to an Era (Bombay: Vikas Publishing House, 1973), pp.79-80.
  22. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  23. ^ S. Qalb-i-Abid, Muslim Politics in the Punjab, 1921-47 (Lahore: Vanguard,1992)
  24. ^ S. Qalb-i-Abid, Muslim Politics in the Punjab, 1921-47 (Lahore: Vanguard, 1992), p.185. quoted in Iqbal and Provincial Politics of Punjab (1926-1938), by Khurram Mahmood.
  25. ^ Jinnah to Fazl-i-Hussain, Jan.05, 1936 in Waheed Ahmad (ed.) , Letters of Mian Fazl-i-Hussain, pp.477-78.
  26. ^ Fazl-i-Hussain to Agha Khan, June 22, 1936, ibid., pp.596-97
  27. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  28. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  29. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  30. ^ For details see, Rafique Afzal, Malik Barkat Ali: His life and writings, Lahore, 1969.
  31. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  32. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  33. ^ S. Q. Abid, Lahore Resolution and Punjab in K.F. Yusuf, (Ed.) Pakistan Resolution Revisited,
  34. ^ . “The Tiwanas and Noons of Shahpur and the tumandars, or Biloch chiefs of Dera Ghazi Khan received numerous grants. The scheme of landed gentry grants thus helped to consolidate a key landed elite in Punjab.” David Gilmartin, Empire in Islam: Punjab and the Making of Pakistan, 26.
  35. ^ “Like the Hayats, the Tiwanas too, had a history of devoted and loyal service to the British. The most famous of the Tiwanas was Khizr Hayat who became Premier after Sikander in 1942. But his grandfather Malik Sahib Khan had also played an important role in suppressing the 1857 Revolt in Jhelum under the command of Col. Cooper. He later accompanied General Napier in the Central India campaigns to suppress the Revolt. His son Umar Hayat Khan Tiwana (Khizar’s Father) followed in his father’s footsteps of unquestioned loyalty to the Government. He was among the six Muslims to represent his community at Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. He held various important positions in the army, being the first Indian to be chosen as a Herald for King George’s Coronation Durbar. He was made a major-general and appointed aide-de-camp to King George. Khizr Hayat Khan graduated from Aitchinson College and served in the army for some time. He first joined Sikander’s ministry in 1937 as minister for Public Works. Many of Khizr’s cousins were provincial darbaries, zaildars, jagirdars, etc.” Raghuvendra Tanwar, Politics of Sharing Power: The Punjab Unionist Party 1923-1947, New Delhi 1999. p. 133
  36. ^ For a detailed study see, Katherine Ewing, “The Pir or Sufi Saint in Pakistani Islam” (Ph.D. thesis, University of Chicago) 1980.
  37. ^ Some important Pirs were Pir of Taunsa Sharif, Pir of Golara Sharif, Pir of Makhad, Pir of Jalalpur, Pir of Alipur, Pir of Pakpattan, the Qureshi and Gillani Pirs of Multan, Sajjada Nishin of the Chishti Shrine of Mahar Sharif (Bahawalpur)the Sajjada nashin of the Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Mouddin Chishti (Ajmer) and the Sajjada nishin of the Dargah of Nizamuddin Aulia (Delhi). All these pirs and sajjada nashins exercised a great deal of religious appeal and they were also big landlords.
  38. ^ The 1946 Punjab Elections, by 1. A. TALBOT, Modem Asian Studies, 14,1 (1980), pp. 65-91. Printed in Great Britain.
  39. ^ Unionist - Muslim League relations and the Punjab Administration, by S. Qalb-i-Abid [J.R.S.P.,Vol.45,No.2,2008]
  40. ^ It was stated in Khizr Tiwana, the Punjab Unionist Party and the partition of India, that, Groups of sepoys mutinied in their Punjabi cantonments of Ferozepore, Jullunder, Ambala and Jhelum. When a body of sepoys massed for an attack on the British district headquarters at Shahpur, Malik Sahib Khan rode over from Mitha Tiwana to parley with the anxious British Deputy Commissioner. Their meeting entered the Raj's folklore. Malik Sahib stood before Mr. Ousley, salaamed and offered him the handle of his sword with the point directed to his own body and said "I have fifty horsemen and I can raise three hundred. I can clothe them and feed them, and if no questions are asked, I can find them arms too. They and my life are yours." Malik Sahib Khan's dramatic gesture was the first offer of assistance to the beleaguered authorities in the West Punjab. Moreover, it was proffered at a time when the triumph of British arms was uncertain. The deputy commissioner was well aware that he could have mounted only token resistance, if the Tiwana chief had jointed the 'rebels'. The British thereafter remembered that the Tiwanas` loyalty had stood firm when it had been put to the test." Khizr Tiwana, the Punjab Unionist Party and the partition of India, by Ian Talbot.
    On the other hand, in the neighbouring area, the Qazis, also the heads of Awan tribe in Soon valley, did not join British Raj. Later in 1905, another British Deputy Commissioner of the same district Shahpur, C.H. Atkins, had to recognized the influence wielded by the head of Awan tribe in the District, during the era of the British Raj.
  41. ^ Munaqib-i-Sultani, a biography of Sultan Bahu, by Sultan Hamid. The writer Sultan Hamid belonged to the sixth or seventh generation of Sultan Bahu's lineage. Almost all biographers of Sulatn Bahu have derived their facts from Manaqib-i-Sultani. The writer of this book mentions the name of Qazi Kalim Allah as a great Sufi and ‘Alim’ (scholar) of his time.
  42. ^ SUFI SAINTS AND STATE POWER, by SARAH F. D. ANSARI, Cambridge University Press
  43. ^ Ayesha Jalal Post-Orientalist Blues: Cultural Fusions and Confusions, (The Indian Economic and Social History Review, 27, 1 1990).
  44. ^ Punjab and Raj,1849-1947, by Ian Talbot, Rivardale MD: The Riverdale Company, 1988
  45. ^ Sir Penderd Moon, Divide and Quit (London, 1961), p. 43.
  46. ^ Peter Hardy, The Muslims of British India (Cambridge, 1972) p. 238 .
  47. ^ Khalid bin Sayeed, The Political system of Pakistan. (Boston, 1967), p.8l

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