Z. A. Suleri

The leaders of the Muslim League, 1940. Jinnah is seated at centre.
Ziauddin Ahmad Suleri (Urdu: ضیاء الدین احمد سلہری; b. 1913–21 April 1999), best known as Z.A. Suleri, was a notable political journalist, conservative writer, author, and Pakistan Movement activist. He is regarded as one of the pioneer of print journalism in Pakistan, and authored various history and political books on Pakistan as well as Islam in the South Asian subcontinent.

Ziauddin Ahmad Suleri was born in Deoli village of Zafarwal located in Narowal District region of the British Indian Empire, He got his earlier education from Govt. High School Zafarwal. He was a Rajput Salahria. After his graduation from a school, he briefly studied British literature at Patna University where he obtained BA in English. He moved to Lahore to attend the Punjab University to further study English literature. He earned MA in British literature after compiling a critical and analytical thesis on Great Expectations, written by Charles Dickens.

Due to his long attraction to the work of Charles Dickens, he earned the nickname of "Pip" by his family and friends. He moved to Karachi after becoming politically aligned with the Muslim League led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah. In support of the Pakistan Movement, he penned many political columns and opinions in the Orient Press as well as the British Evening Times.

He also authored and published "The Road to Peace and Pakistan" in 1944, and My Leader in 1945; all of which greatly exhorted the political objectives of the Pakistan Movement and the independence from the British India of the British Empire. In 1946, he departed to the United Kingdom but returned to Pakistan after the partition by the United Kingdom. Immediately after his return, he was appointed assistance editor of the English language newspaper, the Dawn. He left Dawn when the Pakistan Times was started in 1947, and took the assignment as its correspondent in London. For sometime, he remained associated with the Pakistan Army and briefly served in Inter-Services Public Relations, which he eventually becoming its director-general and achieved the rank of Colonel in 1965.

Furthermore, he was appointed as editor of the Pakistan Times in 1966. During this time, he gained conservative consciousness and wrote in support of military governments, capitalism. He penned several articles against the left-oriented Pakistan Peoples Party during the general elections held in 1970. Subsequently, he was removed by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto from the Pakistan Times and was thrown in jail after penning an article against the socialism.

An inquiry launched by the FIA, Suleri was picked up on charges of sedition at the behest of by FIA director M.A. Gurmani, and his case was tried in the Central Jail in Punjab. After the imposition of martial law in 1977, chief of army staff General Zia-ul-Haq released him from the prison and ultimately appointed him at the stint as Editor-in-chief of Pakistan Times. His political ideas further pushed him to be close with the military government whereas he briefly served as additional secretary of the Ministry of Information and Mass-media Broadcasting. During this time, he also served as the chairman of the Quaid-i-Azam Academy. His association with the military government remained close and witness key political events in the lives of Nawaz Sharif and Zia-ul-Haq.

This page was last edited on 2 April 2018, at 17:21.
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