Not much is known about the early life of Muhammad Zia ul Haq from Jalandhar. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq was born in a Punjabi Arain family in Jalandhar, Punjab Province of British India,on 12 August 1924 as the second child of Muhammad Akbar, who worked in the administrative corps of the Army GHQ of India Command of British Armed Forces in Delhi and Simla, prior to the independence of India from British colonial rule in 1947. He seems to have attended the Qadiani-Ahmadi Jalsa-Salana in December of 1941 and got into the bait of the Khalifa. This seems to have expedited his chances of gaining employment in the British military (See the al-Fazl of January 20th, 1942. Zia’s wife was an Ahmadi too (her father was most like Dr. Lal Din). Most of her personal doctors were also Ahmadi.
He completed his initial education in Simla and then attended St. Stephen’s College of the University of Delhi for his BA degree in History, from which he graduated with distinction in 1943. He was admitted to the Royal Indian Military Academy at Dehradun, graduating in May 1945 among the last group of officers to be commissioned before the independence of India. During his collegiate years, he was noted as an extraordinary talent. He married Shafiq Jahan in 1950, (she was his cousin)(See Shaheed ul Islam M Zia ul Huq, page 28). Begum Shafiq Zia died on 6 January 1996. Zia is survived by his sons, Muhammad Ijaz-ul-Haq, (born 1953), who went into politics and became a cabinet minister in the government of Nawaz Sharif, and Anwar-ul-Haq (born 1960) and his daughters, Zain (born 1972), a special needs child, Rubina Saleem, who is married to a Pakistani banker and has been living in the United States since 1980, and Quratulain Zia who currently lives in London, and is married to Pakistani doctor, Adnan Majid.
The Ahmadiyya connection and his father?
Zia’s father was an Lahori-Ahmadi, his name was Akber Ali, he was also sometimes called Babu Akber Ali. He worked at the Ahmadiyya jamaat in Simla. Also called Maulvi Muhammad Akbar Ali, and numbardar, Muhammad Akber Ali. He was fast friends with another famous Lahori-Ahmadi, his best friend, Abdur Rahman.
His father can be spotted in these pics from the 1930’s:
Muhammad Zia Ul Haq and the Ahmadiyya connection
It seems that Zia Ul Haq from Jalandhar attended the 1941 Qadiani-Ahmadi annual Jalsa in Qadian. He also signed the bait form, the Al-Fazl report, see in the below.
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