Malik Barkat Ali

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Malik Barkat Ali (1886 – 1946) was a Muslim Indian politician, lawyer and journalist.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Malik Barkat Ali was born in April 1885 in Lahore a city of Punjab, British India, to a lower middle class family. After education at the local high school, he won a scholarship to the famous Forman Christian College, in Lahore.[2] After graduating from there he remained an Assistant Professor at this college from 1905 to 1907 and then passed the LLB Law examination,[3] and was selected as a Junior Magistrate in the Punjab Service in 1908, working there until 1914, when he resigned..

He practiced law full-time afterwards[4] and also edited The Observer daily from 1914-1918.[5]

Political career[edit]

Malik Barkat Ali joined the Punjab Provincial Muslim League in 1916, and was inspired by the Muslim nationalist ideas of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.[6] For many years, he remained a staunch member of the League.[7] He was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1937 for the Muslim League.[8] In his later years, however, he was very impressed by Syed Ata Ullah Shah Bukhari and he thus underwent a considerable change in his ideas, and joined the All India Majlis-e-Ahrar-ul-Islam.[9] Barkat Ali also served as a secretary of the Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam for some time.


Malik Barkat Ali died on 5 April 1946, at Lahore.[10]


  1. ^ "Remembering a freedom fighter". The Express Tribune News. The Express Tribune News Network. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Who's Who in the Punjab, 1937 ed, Lahore, p. 103
  3. ^ Malik Tariq Ali (5 April 2012). "Malik Barkat Ali" (Article). The Daily Times. Daily Times. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Zia-ur-Rahman Zabeeh. "MALIK BARKAT ALl" (Biography). Pakistani Heros. CYBER CITY ONLINE. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Who's Who Punjab 1937
  6. ^ "Malik Barkat Ali – Forgotten Freedom fighter from Punjab". Intelligence. Retrieved 11 May 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Malik Barkat Ali". Pakistan Today. Pakistan Today. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Biographies of All India Muslim League Working Committee Members, Islamabad, Pakistan: National Archives of Pakistan, 1994, p.137 (Supplement)
  9. ^ Biographies of All India Muslim League Working Committee Members, 1993, p.137
  10. ^ Biographies of All India Muslim League Working Committee Members, 1994, p.137

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