Jalal-ud-din Jalal Baba

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Jalal ud din Khan
Personal details
Born (1901-03-03)3 March 1901
Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, British India
Died 21 January 1981(1981-01-21) (aged 79)
Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Jalaluddin (Urdu: جلال الدین , March 3, 1901 – January 21, 1981), aka Jalal Baba (Urdu: جلال بابا), was a politician and supporter of the Pakistan independence movement. Born in Abbottabad, Hazara, Jalaluddin started his career as a driver for the British, and rose to become a leading transporter. He joined the All-India Muslim League in 1935 and eventually became President of the Hazara branch of the Muslim League during the 1940s.

Early life[edit]

Jalal Baba came from a very poor background, but was interested in politics from a young age. After joining the Muslim League, he contributed to its progress and became its District President.

Political career[edit]

His political efforts led to his nickname Jalal 'Baba' (which means an elder, wise man or expert in the local Hindko ) and was elected Hazara District President in 1940[citation needed]. He held the office for almost 21 years[citation needed].

When the Quaid-i-Azam visited Peshawar, he was warmly welcomed by a large gathering. Jalal-ud-din Jalal Baba led a procession of one thousand Muslim League workers from Hazara. Riding on horseback with sword in hand, Jalal Baba escorted the Quaid’s car. He was followed by a band of National Guards.

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He was a member of National Assembly of Pakistan and served as an elected member of Central Legislative Assembly (1944–49)[citation needed]. He renounced his titles of Khan Bahadur and Khan Sahab given by the British[citation needed].

Jalal Baba was one of the first to initiate Direct Action in the Pakistan Movement by moving a resolution in the All-India Muslim League meeting in July 1946, recommending the reunification of titles conferred by the British Government[citation needed].

In July 1947, the Muslim League launched the civil disobedience movement, Baba was the first to court arrest from Hazara, followed by the others in such large numbers that the jails were filled to capacity with political internees. He was released only after the establishment of Pakistan[citation needed].

Political offices
Preceded by
Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan
Vice president of NWFP/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muslim League
Succeeded by
Abdul Qayyum Khan
Preceded by
Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur
Interior Minister of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Zakir Hussain