Chaudhry Nasseer Ahmad Malhi (1911 ï¿½ 1991)
Chaudhry Nasseer Ahmad Malhi (1911 ï¿½ 12 July 1991) played a pivotal role in the formationof the Islamic Republic ofPakistan and is recognized as oneof the nation's founding fathers. He was commonly referred to as Lord Malhi for hislarger than life personality, ostentatious get-togethers and largesse.
Chaudhry Nasser Ahmad Malhi was a leading memberof the Muslim League and was at the forefront of the Pakistan Movement. A life time memberfor the Muslim League, Chaudhry Nasser Ahmad Malhi belonged to the gentry of Punjab and served as Punjab Minister for Law,education and parliamentary affairs in 1955.
His father Chaudhry Ghulam Haider Malhi was theleading aristocrat of his district and amongst the landed elites of Punjab. He was noted for this philanthropy and wasdecorated by the British Governor for his services to the community.
Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Malhi's great-grandfather,Chaudhry Ali Gohar Malhi, served as the Governor for Punjabduring the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Malhi was born the secondson of Chaudhry Ghulam Haider Malhi. His year of birth was registered as 1913in the town of BaddoMalhiin the then District Sialkot. Itis however common knowledge amongst immediate family members that his year ofbirth was in 1911.
Apart from an elder stepbrother, Lord Malhi hadtwo elder sisters and two younger sisters. He had three sons and two daughters,however only two sons and a daughter survived adolescence.
Lord Malhi received his primary and secondaryeducation at Ghulam Haider Muslim High School (commonlyabbreviated as GH Muslim High School). Heeding the call of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Chaudhry GhulamHaider Malhi founded this school as his bid to educate aspiring students. Theschool was noted for offering free tuition and books for economicallydisadvantaged pupils. The education expenses of these students were personallymaintained by Chaudhry Ghulam Haider.
After completing his secondary education, LordMalhi obtained a Bachelors of Law from Universityof the Punjab, Lahore.
Chaudhry Nasser Ahmad Malhi began his politicalcareer with the Indian NationalCongress party. After attending the 1940 LahoreConference held by the All IndiaMuslim League, Lord Malhi realised the greater potential the party held inrepresenting the Muslim population of India. Lord Malhi joined the Sialkot chapter of theMuslim League. His intellectual gifts became apparent and he rapidly rose tobecome the President of this chapter.
At the age of 32 he met Quaid-i-Azam at JinnahHouse in Malabar Hill, Bombay.It was on the advice of Lord Malhi that the historical Sialkot Convention wasplanned in Punjab. Held in Sialkotcity in May 1944, this conventionwas attended by Quaid-i-Azam, Liaquat Ali Khan, Khawaja Nazimuddin, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, Sardar Shaukat Hayat Khan, MumtazAhmad Khan Daultana, Nawab Iftikhar Hussain Khan of Mamdot and MaulviTamizuddin Khan amongst other Muslim League luminaries. This convention is widely regarded asthe landmark event which catapulted Muslim League into prominence in undivided Punjab. The Sialkotconvention was a milestone in Muslim - Hindu politics. It broke the stranglehold that Unionist Party held over the Muslim population of Punjab.The convention swayed the Muslim sentiment towards the Pakistan Movement andbecame a historical event for the Muslim League which led to the eventualformation of Pakistan.Acknowledging the convention's impact Quaid-E-Azam commented I have a feeling today, that Pakistan hascome into existence.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah attributed the success of thisconvention to Lord Malhi. Embracing him he stated "Mr Malhi, no doubt, youare Lord Malhi".
After independence Chaudhry Naseer Malhiremained a prominent legislator. It was Quaid-E-Azam'sdecision to appoint Lord Malhi as Pakistan's second Prime Ministerafter Liaquat Ali Khan. Muhammad Ali Jinnah personally notified Lord Malhi of thisdecision, however due to Quaid-E-Azam's sudden death this writ was neverexecuted.
Regardless, as an active member of Pakistan'spolitical elite, he served as the Minister of Education, Law and Parliamentaryaffairs. It was during his tenurethat school uniforms were introduced through out Pakistan. He was also responsiblefor excluding Aitcheson College from the list of schools receivinggovernment assistance on the rational that such elite institutions did notrequire financial aid from the government.
Lord Malhi was designated the leadership for Pakistan'sdelegation to the Geneva Convention in 1955. He delivered a speech defendingthe rights of Afro-Asian countries. He received a Gold Medal from theconvention. Following this success, Lord Malhi lead Pakistan's delegation to the United Nations in the same year. There he addressedthe United Nations assembly on the political challenges facing the South Asia. His speech was recognized for its insightfulmessage and he was awarded by the sitting assembly.
In an effort to raise Pakistan'sprofile Lord Malhi hosted a dinner for EleanorRoosevelt, President of the United Nations General Assembly and former First Lady of the United States.
With the advent of Marshall Law in the earlysixties, Chaudhry Nasser Ahmad Malhi became a vociferous opponent to thegovernment of Mohammad. In 1965 he allied with and supported Fatima Jinnah in her bid to democratically dislodge Ayub Khan from his assumed office.
A close personal friend of the Nawab of Kalabagh, he was offeredseveral Ministerial posts during his tenure as Chief Minister of West Pakistan however he declined due to ideologicaldifferences. He was later offered a Ministerial post by Gen. MuhammadZia-ul-Haq but he again refused.
He successfully retained his seat in theNational Assembly until 1971. With the dismemberment of East Pakistan and disappointed with the corruptpolitics of the ensuing politicians, Lord Malhi unofficially withdrew fromelectoral politics.
Despite his withdrawal from active politicallife, he remained an established member of Pakistan's elite intellectual andpolitical circles.
Chaudhry Nasser Ahmad Malhi died peacefully on12th July 1991. Anegalitarian, he left behind a legacy of high character, an incorruptibleintegrity and a selfless approach in both his political and personal lives.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah rated him amongst his most able men. Pakistanrecognizes him as one of its most dedicated founding fathers.