Malik Meraj Khalid (September 20, 1915–June 13, 2003) was a left-wing Pakistani statesman and Socialist thinker who served as Pakistan’s Prime Minister from November 1996 to February 1997 in an active capacity.
He was noted as one of the original thinkers and founding member of the People’s Party of Pakistan. Raised in 1916 to a poor farming family in Punjab, British India. He graduated from Punjab University Law College Lahore and graduated in Law in 1942. To begin his legal practice with the founding of his own law firm in 1948.
Malik Meraj Khalid Political Career
His original public service work, influenced by the socialist literature written in the Soviet Union, aimed at encouraging literacy in his native village. He helped found the PPP in 1967, and climbed to fill the most important public offices.
Responsible for governing and retaining control of the Province of Punjab after the 1971 war with India. Meraj succeeded law minister in 1974, and the National Assembly Speaker in two non-consecutive terms.
Meraj Khalid Self-made King
M.Meraj Khalid, a self-made king, was a dynamic human being. He had played a role in the Struggle for Pakistan. He set up a committee to spread the Punjabi language. After the formation of Pakistan and he was always proud of his initiative.
His strong and systematic Hard Left thoughts, however, contributed to the creation of political disagreements in the 1990s. With Benazir Bhutto and sacked in 1996 by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto after leveling the charges against Asif Zardari for the murder of Murtaza Bhutto.
Disheartened by the decision of Benazir, Meraj tried to rally the anti-Benazir Bhutto movements to Nawaz Sharif. The landslide victory of the conservative in the 1997 parliamentary elections. But Prime Minister Meraj managed against live his easy life and his home in Lahore remained as open as ever.
Meraj Khalid Early life and career
Meraj Khalid was born in a small village in Dera Chahal near (Burki) Town. Lahore, to a family of small farmers. His early childhood saw family struggle and survival in the context of feudalism. In which his father grew crops for a local feudal lord who paid less than the minimum wage established by the British Indian Empire.
Khalid Meraj did not leave school, and Khalid finished his high school. Despite the difficulty and later went on to work for a feudal lord who decided to finance his schooling.
He educated at Islamia College, Lahore and received an LLB from Punjab University Law School, Lahore. In 1944, followed by an Associate Degree in Public Works. He started studying law in 1948.
Meraj Khalid Leadership
Meraj Khalid was a hero of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pakistan’s flamboyant prime minister during the 1970s, renowned for his gentleness and integrity. It was he who played a significant role in Meraj Khalid’s political life. By first appointing him as his Food and Agriculture and Under-Developed Areas Minister in December 1971.
Malik Meraj was later appointed Head of Legislative Affairs of the Party in November 1972. And Minister of Social Services, Local Government, and Rural Development in 1975.
Leader and National Assembly spokesman
He elected member of the PPP’s Central Committee after the execution of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in April 1979. But ultimately resigned from this position in January 1988.
Since returning to the National Assembly once more comfortably in 1988. He was again named in 1988 as Speaker of the National Assembly. He lost the following elections in 1990. However, and remained aloof from politics for some time. He continued to serve as the Rector of the International Islamic University in Islamabad throughout this time of solitude.
Caretaker Prime Minister
In November 1996, President Farooq Leghari ousted the government of Benazir Bhutto. For incompetence and politically orchestrated killings. Using the authority given him by the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan. Until the new elections, he was asked to officiate the provisional administration.
Meraj Khalid, one of the country’s top political personalities and former caretaker prime minister. He died after a week’s hospitalization for chest inflammation and high fever in 2003.