Jalal-ud-din Jalal Baba
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|Jalal ud din Khan|
3 March 1901|
Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, British India
|Died||21 January 1981
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.
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.
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. He held the office for almost 21 years.
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.
He was a member of National Assembly of Pakistan and served as an elected member of Central Legislative Assembly (1944–49). He renounced his titles of Khan Bahadur and Khan Sahab given by the British.
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.
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.
Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan
|Vice president of NWFP/Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muslim League
Abdul Qayyum Khan
Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur
|Interior Minister of Pakistan