Sir Shaik Abdul Qaudri Qureshi
Sheikh Abdul Qadir in the late 1930s
15 March 1872
Ludhiana, British Raj, now Punjab, Pakistan
|Died||9 February 1950 (aged 77)|
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Resting place||Miani Sahib Graveyard, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Notable works||Editor of Observer (1898)|
Judge of Lahore High Court (1921)
Minister of Education (1935)
Leader of Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam (1941)
Chief Judge of Bahawalpur (1944)
He led the famous Muslim organization, Anjuman-i-Himayat-i-Islam and used his position as the leader of this organization to form other, pro-partition, organizations. He was an early activist of the Pakistan Movement.
Qadir was born in Ludhiana on 15 March 1872. He was the editor of The Observer, the first Muslim newspaper published in English in 1895. In 1901, he launched the magazine Makhzan, an Urdu language publication. This magazine published the early works of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
In 1904, Qadir went to study law in London, and was called to the bar in 1907 after which he returned to India, where he served as a member of the Punjab Legislative Council and the minister of education in Punjab, British India in 1925.
Qadir was knighted by the British in the 1927 Birthday Honours and in 1935 became a member of the governing council of India. He died on 9 February 1950 at the age of 77 and was buried in Miani Sahib Graveyard, Lahore.
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's book Mahatma Gandhi contains a chapter by Qadir, where he particularly relates his various experiences with the understanding of Gandhi in Europe in the 1930s.
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