'Oldest Aligarian Old Boy' Nawab Mushtaq Ahmad Khan Passes Away

Nawab Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, Hyderabad State's Agent- General in Pakistan, breathed his last in Karachi on February 20, 2005. His loving daughters, son, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great grand children surrounded him in his last days. He died peacefully after having lived through two World Wars and the birth of his homeland, Pakistan. He was born in Jullundhar in 1903. He was 43 years old at the time of the birth of Pakistan. He graduated in 1922 and then went to Peter House, Cambridge and did his Bar before returning to India. He was visiting Karachi on the invitation of the Aligarh Old Boys' Association. He was their "oldest, old boy", having just turned 101 years old.

He gave a passionate speech at the Sir Syed University on February 9 where he was invited to speak as their honored guest. He spoke of the old days, his one-on-one meetings with the Quaid-i-Azam and of the time when, as the Agent-General of Hyderabad, he had been asked to deliver huge sums of money to set up the State Bank of Pakistan. He spoke about the time Quaid-i-Azam used his services to convince the Nawab of Bahawalpur to accede to Pakistan. Nawab Mushtaq Ahmad Khan had devoted the past thirty years of his life to helping the poor in his villages. He established schools for the children of the village, financed their marriages, donated land for them to build homes on. A Quran Khawani will be held for him during Duhr-Asr on Saturday, February 26 at his grand daughter, Anila Ali's house at 18845 Tabor Drive, Irvine, CA 92612.

 

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