Ghulam Ali Allana was an eminent friend and biographer of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of Pakistan. He was an English-language Pakistani poet and also a counselor and friend to Fatima Jinnah, Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s sister.
Early life & career
Ghulam Ali Allana was born in the year of 1906 to an Ismaili Khoja family in Karachi city, British India. He acquired his basic education at Sindh Madressatul Islam in Karachi. Then he attended St. Patrick’s High School and D. J. Sindh Government Science College in Karachi.
Allana became active in politics at an early age and played an active role in the Pakistan Movement. After independence of Pakistanin 1947, he served as the second Mayor of Karachiafter the partition (25 May 1948 – 8 July 1948). He also played a key role in forming Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Karachi in 1950. Then he served as its President until the year of 1957.
Family of Ghulam Ali Allana
He married Jenubai in 1928 and had 2 daughters and a son with her. His son, Pyar Ali Allana, is a politician and was a member of the parliament during Benazir Bhutto’s era as the prime minister of Pakistan.
- Quaid-e-Azam Jinnah: The story of a Nation, published in 1967 by Ferozsons, Lahore
- Pakistan Movement: Historical Documents, published in 1977 by Islamic Book Service, Lahore
- Our Freedom Fighters
- His Highness Aga Khan III
- I had Reached your Door Steps, a poem in English
- Pilgrimage, a poem in English
- Peace Medal of the United Nations in the year of 1977 by UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, awarded to him for his services on a global basis in the humanitarian field.
- Human Rights Medal awarded in 1978 by the Human Rights Organization of Pakistan.
To recognize his services to Pakistan, a road in Karachi was named, G. Allana Road, after him