Muhammad Hanif Ramay
Muhammad Hanif Ramay (1930–2006) was an internationally acclaimed scholar, writer, journalist, and former Punjab governor and chief minister, and one of the founding fathers of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). He was also Punjab Assembly Speaker from October 1993 through November 1996.
Early Life and Education
Hanif Ramay was born in the Arain Community in Shimla, in 1930. Having earned B.A. Honors from Government College Lahore (the most prestigious educational institution in Lahore), later he obtained his Masters of Economics and Philosophy from the University of Punjab. From his college years in Lahore, Ramay had an interest in politics; he held numerous leadership roles within Lahore’s central political scene.
In 1970 Hanif Ramay was elected provincial assembly president on a PPP ticket. He was the Finance Minister of Punjab from 1972–73, Governor of Punjab from February 1973 to March 1974, and from March 15, 1974, to July 15, 1975, was appointed Chief Minister of Punjab. He later formed differences with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and was forced to resign as a result of a false investigation and later imprisoned. He founded left-wing newspaper Masawaat within the same time period.
Exile to America
Hanif left for the USA in the late 1970s in a self-imposed exile to avoid arrest by the military regime. Between 1980 to 1983, Hanif Ramay was affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, Northern California. He married an American woman in 1992 after the death of his first partner. Then Joyce Murad, his close friend’s mother, and lived with her in Fort Myers, Florida (USA).
Hanif was the author of many best-selling Urdu and English books in Pakistan and abroad, named Punjab ka Muqadma (Punjab’s Trial), the most popular novel he ever read. Hanif was the author of many best-selling Urdu and English books in Pakistan and abroad, named Punjab ka Muqadma (Punjab’s Trial), the most popular novel he ever read.
Back to Politics
Hanif Ramay After choosing to re-enter politics in Pakistan in the early 1990s, he contested on the PPP ticket at the Lahore general election and was thus chosen as the Speaker of the Punjab Assembly in 1993 after winning, and remaining in that role until 1996.
Hanif Ramay Death
Ramay died in Lahore on 1 January 2006 after a protracted illness that resulted from an accidental fall he had taken in his home.