Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Malhi

Chaudhry Nasseer Ahmad Malhi (1911 - 12 July 1991): A historical figure in South Asia politics, Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Malhi played a pivotal role in the formation of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and is recognised as one of the nation's founding fathers. He was commonly referred to as Lord Malhi for his larger than life personality, ostentatious get-togethers and largesse.Chaudhry Nasser Ahmad Malhi was a leading member of the Muslim League and was at the forefront of the Pakistan Movement. A life time member for the Muslim League, Chaudhry Nasser Ahmad Malhi belonged to the gentry of Punjab and served as Punjab Minister for Law, education and parliamentary affairs in 1955.

His father Chaudhry Ghulam Haider Malhi was the leading aristocrat of his district and amongst the landed elites of Punjab. He was noted for this philanthropy and was decorated by the British Governor for his services to the community.

Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Malhi's great-grandfather, Chaudhry Ali Gohar Malhi, served as the Governor for Punjab during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. 

Chaudhry Naseer Ahmad Malhi was born the second son of Chaudhry Ghulam Haider Malhi. His year of birth was registered as 1913 in the town of BaddoMalhi in the then District Sialkot. It is however common knowledge amongst immediate family members that his year of birth was in 1911.

Apart from an elder stepbrother, Lord Malhi had two elder sisters and two younger sisters. He had three sons and two daughters, however only two sons and a daughter survived adolescence.

Lord Malhi received his primary and secondary education at Ghulam Haider Muslim High School (commonly abbreviated as GH Muslim High School). Heeding the call of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Chaudhry Ghulam Haider Malhi founded this school as his bid to educate aspiring students. The school was noted for offering free tuition and books for economically disadvantaged pupils. The education expenses of these students were personally maintained by Chaudhry Ghulam Haider.

After completing his secondary education, Lord Malhi obtained a Bachelors of Law from University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Chaudhry Nasser Ahmad Malhi began his political career with the Indian National Congress party. After attending the 1940 Lahore Conference held by the All India Muslim League, Lord Malhi realised the greater potential the party held in representing the Muslim population of India. Lord Malhi joined the Sialkot chapter of the Muslim League. His intellectual gifts became apparent and he rapidly rose to become the President of this chapter.

At the age of 32 he met Quaid-i-Azam at Jinnah House in Malabar Hill, Bombay. It was on the advise of Lord Malhi that the historical Sialkot Convention was planned in Punjab. Held in Sialkot city in May 1944, this convention was attended by Quaid-i-Azam, Liaquat Ali Khan, Khawaja Nazimuddin, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, Sardar Shaukat Hayat Khan, Mumtaz Ahmad Khan Daultana, Nawab Iftikhar Hussain Khan of Mamdot and Maulvi Tamizuddin Khan amongst other Muslim League luminaries.[2] This convention is widely regarded as the landmark event which catapolted Muslim League into prominence in undivided Punjab. The Sialkot convention was a milestone in Muslim - Hindu politics. It broke the strangle hold that Unionist Party held over the Muslim population of Punjab. The convention swayed the Muslim sentiment towards the Pakistan Movement and became a historical event for the Muslim League which led to the eventual formation of Pakistan. Acknowledging the convention's impact Quaid-E-Azam commented I have a feeling today, that Pakistan has come into existence.Muhammad Ali Jinnah attributed the success of this convention to Lord Malhi. Embracing him he stated "Mr Malhi, no doubt, you are Lord Malhi".