Malik Meraj Khalid, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Malik Meraj Khalid

Pakistani politician

Date of Birth: 20-Sep-1916

Place of Birth: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan

Date of Death: 13-Jun-2003

Profession: lawyer, politician

Nationality: Pakistan

Zodiac Sign: Virgo

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About Malik Meraj Khalid

  • Malik Meraj Khalid (Urdu: ??? ????? ?????; 20 September 1915 – 13 June 2003), was a Pakistani left wing statesman and Marxist philosopher who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan in an acting capacity from November 1996 until February 1997.
  • He was noted as being one of the original philosopher and founding personality of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). Born in 1916 to a poor farming family in Punjab, British India, he graduated from the and graduated in Law from Punjab university law College Lahore in 1942 to start his legal practices by establishing his own law firm in 1948.
  • Inspired by the communist literature published in Soviet Union, his initial public community work was aimed towards promoting the literacy in his native village.
  • In 1967, he helped founded the PPP and ascended towards holding the highly important public offices.
  • Responsible for administrating and maintaining the control of Punjab Province after the war with India in 1971, Meraj was succeeded law minister in 1974 and the Speaker of the National Assembly in two non-consecutive terms. However, his tough and rigorous Hard Left ideas led to developing political differences with Benazir Bhutto in the 1990s and was sacked by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1996 after levelling the accusations against Asif Zardari for the murder of Murtaza Bhutto.
  • Disheartened by Benazir's decision, Meraj worked on to rallying the anti-Benazir Bhutto forces contributed to Nawaz Sharif and conservative's landslide 1997 victory in the parliamentary elections, but as prime minister Meraj continued to live his simple life and his Lahore home too remained as accessible as ever.
  • In 2003, Meraj peacefully died in his resident in Lahore, and was buried with full state honour in a local cemetery.

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