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Sir Abdul Qadir

(1874-1951), Newspaper editor, journalist, politician and lawyer

Sitter in 4 portraits
From 1895-1904 Qadir was the Chief editor of the Indian journal Observer, the first Muslim newspaper published in English, and Al-Makhzan, an urdu language magazine which published the early works of the poet Allama Iqbal. He came to London in 1904 to study law, he was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1907 after which he returned to India serving in governmental roles including as the Minister of Education in Punjab, British India. Qadir received a knighthood in the 1927 Birthday honours list. Later he became a member of the governing council of India, he was nominated to represent India at the seventh Assembly of the League of Nations (1926).

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Salima Ikram

09 July 2018, 11:11

Born in 1874, he was the son of Sheikh Fatchaddin de Kasur (Punjab).
He completed his high school education at the Forman Christian College in Lahore. From 1895 to1904, he
was chief editor of the Indian journals Observer and Makhran, Lahore. He moved to Britain to study law and
was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in London between 1904 and 1907. In 1919 he received the title Khan Bahadur, and
in 1923 he became a member of the Legislative Council of Punjab in Lahore. The following year he became
Deputy President. Between January and September 1925 he served as President of the Legislative Council of
Punjab, and in September 1925, he was appointed Minister of Education of Punjab. Qadir was knighted in
1927. In 1926, Qadir was nominated to represent India (with full powers) at the seventh Assembly of the
League of Nations (LN). In January 1939 the ICIC welcomed him as a member for a first period of three
years, alongside the Norwegian chemist Ellen Gleditsch, the Latvian chemist Martin Primanis and the Czech
assyriologist Bedrich Hrozny. Qadir’s mandate ended with the termination of ICIC activities at the outbreak
of the Second World War.

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