Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman

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Choudhry Khaliquzzaman seconding the Lahore resolution with Muhammad Ali Jinnah chairing the Lahore session

Choudhry Khaliquzzaman (Urdu: چوہدری خلیق الزمان‎) (25 December 1889 – 1973) was a Pakistani politician and a very important Muslim figure during British India.[1] He was one of the top leaders of the All India Muslim League. He came from the United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh).

He is one of the four persons who addressed the members of Constituent Assembly in the central hall of Parliament during the moment of Indian independence at midnight of 14 August 1947. Other three persons are Jawaharlal Nehru, Dr. Rajendra Prasad , Dr. S. Radhakrishnan.

He was the first president of the Pakistan Muslim League. He served as the governor of East Bengal from 31 March 1953, to 29 May 1954. In 1961, he published his memoirs entitled Pathway to Pakistan. The Urdu version of the autobiography came out in 1967. It is entitled Shahrahay Pakistan. In this book, he approvingly quoted Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy as saying that the two-nation theory proved harmful to the Muslims of India. According to him, Jinnah bade farewell to it in his famous speech of 11 August 1947.

Mr. Rafi uz Zaman the serving Pakistani Ambassador to Nairobi is the grandson of Ch. Khaliq uz Zaman. He belongs to Foreign Service of Pakistan 1986 batch. He has served abroad in many capitals including Dhaka and Paris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman". Cybercity-online.net. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Feroz Khan Noon
Governor of East Bengal
31 March 1953 – 29 May 1954
Succeeded by
Iskandar Mirza