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Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

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Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 
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Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan was known as Badshah Khan and “Sarhadi Gandhi” andFrontier Gandhi.2.
 
He was born in 1890 and Died on January 1988.3.
 
He was a Pashtun leader and ardent follower of Mahtma Gandhi and was known for hisnon-violent opposition to British Rule.4.
 
He started the Khudai Khidmatgar movement (Servants of God). Khudai Khidmatgarmovement was a non-violent freedom struggle against the British Empire by the Pashtunsor Pathans of the North-West Frontier Province led by Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan.5.
 
The Khudai Khidmatgar was founded on a belief in the power of Gandhi's notion of Satyagraha,6.
 
The volunteers of Khudai Khidmatgar movement were also known as "Surkho Posh" or"Red shirts" and it was initially a social reform organization focusing on education andthe elimination of blood feuds from Afghan society but turned more political later.7.
 
British targeted this organization and in 1929, the leadership went into exile and a largenumber of leaders were arrested. This lead to "Frontier Gandhi" make alliance with8.
 
Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian National Congress in late 1920s. This alliance lasted tillIndia's independence.9.
 
He was offered presidency of the Indian National Congress in 1931 which he refusedsaying that he was a simple soldier and would like to serve.10.
 
He was many times arrested by Government in Pakistan because of his association withIndia.11.
 
He was nominated for Nobel Peace prize in 1985. In 1987 he became the first person whowon Bharat Ratna without being an Indian national. (Another Foreign national to receiveBharat Ratna is Nelson Mandela (1990).12.
 
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was against the partition of India and he was many timestargeted for being Anti-Muslim.13.
 
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan is known to form Pakistan's first National opposition partyknown as Pakistan Azad Party on May 8, 1948.However, due to doubts on his loyalty toPakistan , he was placed under house arrest from 1948-1954.14.
 
Pakistan's Prime Minister Chaudhry Muhammad Ali had announced One-Unit Policy onNovember 22, 1954, which sought to merge the four provinces of West Pakistan into one

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