Ali Muhammad Rashidi

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Pir Ali Muhammad Rashdi
Born(1905-08-05)August 5, 1905
Village Bahman, District Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan
Died(1987-03-14)March 14, 1987

Pir Ali Muhammad Rashdi (Urdu: پیر علی محمد راشدی‎),(1905–1987) was a Pakistani politician, scholar, bureaucrat, journalist and well-known writer. He was from Rashdi Syed, those are calculated in Lakyari Syed's branch. He was elder brother of scholar Pir Hassam-ud-Din Rashdi.

His father Pir Muhammad Hamid Shah lived at Bahman village, Ratodero Taluka, Larkana District, Sindh. Pir Shahab got his early education from Molvi Muhammad Soomar and Molvi Muhammad Sidiq. He taught himself Persian, Urdu and English. He also studied English with Marmaduke Pickthall.


He started his career as a journalist for the Sindh News newspaper in 1924. He was appointed editor of Al Rashid in 1928 at Sukkur. He also served as editor of Al Amin. He was appointed as the secretary of Mohammad Ayub Khuhro in 1927. He started his own newspaper Sitar-e-Sindh in 1934. He was also appointed the editor of the English-language newspaper Sindh Observer in 1948. He served as president of Pakistan Newspapers Editors Association.

Political career[edit]

Rashdi started his political career in 1926 by joining the Sindh Muhammadan Association. He was also struggled for the eviction Sindh from Bombay. He joined the Peoples Party of Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto in 1934. He was also considered among the founders of Sindh Ithad Party. He joined the Muslim League in 1938 and supported the foundation of Pakistan as Secretary of the Sindh Provincial Muslim League and as Secretary of the Foreign Committee of the All India Muslim League. According to the late Yusuf Abdullah Haroon (elder statesman of Pakistan)Rashdi was involved in the drafting of the Pakistan Resolution of 1940 that is also known as the Lahore Resolution. After 1947 he was instrumental in the reinstatement of the Gaddi of Pir Pagara and ignored the Frontier Regulation. He won the seat of MPA in the Sindh Assembly in the election of 1953, and was appointed as Minister of Revenue. In the era of Mohammad Ayub Khuhro he served as Minister of Health, Revenue and Information. He also served as Federal Minister for Information under Prime Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Ali and resigned in 1957.

Diplomat and author[edit]

He served as Pakistan's ambassador in the Philippines from 1957 to 1961 and was Doyen of the diplomatic corps there. He also served as ambassador in China for 10 months, during which he concluded negotiations for the border agreement between Pakistan and China that later on, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto signed on behalf of Pakistan. He went Hong Kong for trade and journalism.

Rashdi wrote books in Sindhi, Urdu and English on politics, biographies, local issues and diaries.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Uhee Denhin Uhee Shenih (3 volumes)
  • Jager Dari Jo Khatimo
  • Sindh jee Nain Wizarat
  • Boodin Ja Imdadi Masla
  • Cheen jee (diary)
  • Imam Inqlaab
  • Sindh Ways and Days

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