Malik Barkat Ali
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Early life and career
Malik Barkat Ali was born in April 1885 in Lahore a city of Punjab, British India, to a middle class family. After education at the local high school, he won a scholarship to the famous Forman Christian College, in Lahore. After graduating from there he remained an Assistant Professor at this college from 1905 to 1907 and then passed the LLB Law examination, and was selected as a Junior Magistrate in the Punjab Service in 1908, working there until 1914, when he resigned.
Malik Barkat Ali joined the Punjab Provincial Muslim League in 1916, and was inspired by the Muslim nationalist ideas of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. For many years, he remained a staunch member of the League. He was elected to the Punjab Legislative Assembly in 1937 for the Muslim League. 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. Barkat Ali also served as a secretary of the Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam for some time.
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