Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi
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Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi (Late)
A renowned scholar, a religious leader, a preacher of Islam, a freedom fighter and a Lieutenant of the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Maulana Abdus Sattar Khan Niazi was born at Isakhel in district Mianwali on 1 October, 1915. After his early education from the Govern- ment High School Isakhel, he opted for religious educatio n and got the Certificate of Mahar-e-Tabligh from the Ishaat-e - Islam College Lahore founded by Allama Iqbal. He got honours degree in Persian from the same College whereafter he joined Islamia College Lahore and got his Master's degree in 1940. He was appointed Dean of Islamic Studies in Islamia College in 1942 which he continued till 1947 whereafter he entered into the realm of active politics.The early student life of Maulana Abdus Sattar Khan Niazi is marked with an active struggle for the creation of Pakistan as a student leader. He was elected the President of the Punjab Muslim, Students Federation in 1938 which he continued till 1940 whereafter he was elected Chairman of the All-Pakistan Muslim League Rural Propaganda Committee in 1941-42 under the patronage and guidance of the Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
He was a member of the Provincial and Central Council of the All-India Muslim League and was elected Secretary Information of the Muslim League in 1943-1944. He remained President of the Provincial Muslim League in 1947 in the Civil Disobedience Movement and was elected the Convener of the Khalafat- e-Pakistan Group of the Muslim League in 1947 which he continued till 1949. Maulana Abdus Sattar Khan Niazi was elected as Secretary General of the All- Pakistan Awami Muslim League in 1950 under the Presidentship of Mr. Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy. He worked as the Secretary General of the Central JUP from 1973 to 1989 and was elected as the President of the Central JUP in 1989. Maulana Abdus Satar Khan Niazi is unmarried and has devoted all his life and time for the cause of the nation, propagation of Islam and unshakable commit- ment for Pakistan. The prime objective of his life continues to remain the enforce- ment of Shariah in the country and has done concrete research work towards the achievement of this noble mission. He seeks inspiration from the Soofi saints and has adapted himself on the true path of Islam by following the tenents of Islam and teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Maulana Abdus Sattar Khan Niazi was elected as member of the Legislative Assembly Punjab in 1946 and again in 1951 which he continued till 1956. He was elected member of the National Assembly in 1988 and again in 1990. He held the portfolios of the Ministries of Local Government and Rural Development, Social Welfare, Special Education, Religious Affairs and Minorities Affairs as Federal Minister during the period from 1991-1993.
He was elected to the Senate of Pakistan in March, 1994 for a six year term. He is a member of the Senate Standing Committees on Cabinet, Establishment and Management Services, Petroleum and Natural Resources and Religious and Minorities Affairs. He is also a member of the Functional Committee of the Senate on Problems of Less Developed Areas.