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Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani

Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani


Ispahani as Law StudentMirza Abol Hassan Ispahani was born in 1902. He belonged to a very well to do family and was educated at St. John College, Cambridge. He did his Bar-at-Law in 1924 from Inner Temple, London. In 1925 he joined family business of M. M. Ispahani - and other business undertakings.

He was elected Member of the Calcutta Corporation in 1933 but resigned later in 1935. He worked for the introduction of separate electorates in the Corporation. He was re-elected in 1940. He became Joint Secretary Bengal Provincial Muslim League in 1936-37 and remained its Treasurer from 1936 to 1947. He was elected Deputy Mayor Calcutta Corporation from 1941 to 1942. He became Muslim League Member of the Bengal Legislative Assembly in 1937 and re-elected in 1946. He was President Muslim Chamber of Commerce, Calcutta from 1945 to 1947 and led an Indian Trade Delegation to Middle East in 1947.

Ispahani with Jinnah, Jullundar, 1942Mirza Abol Hassan remained Member All-India Muslim League Working Committee till 1947. He was Member of the Committee to draw up Five Year Plan for the educational, economic, social and political advancement of Muslims, which was constituted at the 28th session of the All-India Muslim League held in Madras in April 1941. At the 29th session of the All-India Muslim League held in Allahabad in 1942, he moved the resolution which was passed, giving full powers to Jinnah 'to take every step or action as he may consider necessary in furtherance of relating to the objects of the Muslim League as he deems proper'.

Jinnah followed by Ispahani, Calcutta, 1945He became member of the Indian Constituent Assembly in 1946 and represented Muslim League at the New York Herald Tribune Forum the same year.

After Independence, he became Member Pakistan Constituent Assembly in 1947. Mirza Abol Hassan Ispahani toured U.S.A. as Personal Representative of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and was Ambassador to U.S.A. from September 1947 to February 1952. In 1947 he was Deputy Leader of Pakistan Delegation to U.N.O. on Trade And Development. He was Vice Chairman Pakistan Delegation to U.N. Security Council on Kashmir issue and was High Commissioner to U.K. from 1952 to 1954. From 1954 to 1955 he was Federal Minister for Industries and Commerce. Later from 1973 to 1974 he was an Ambassador to Afghanistan.

He died in 1981. He enjoyed great trust, respect and confidence of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and was a man of sterling qualities. He authored a number of books on Quaid-e-Azam of which include the following:

  • Jinnah as I know (1966)
  • Jinnah Ispahani Correspondence (1976)

Ispahani (left) with Jinnah, Simla, 1946 Jinnah (left), Ispahani (centre), Liaquat Ali Khan (right)
Ispahani (R) with Liaquat Ali Khan (L) and US President Truman (C), 1950 Ispahani (right) with Khwaja Nazimuddin, 1954


India never was one, was never a nation, never was a country governed by one single power even with the sword. It is a sub-continent of different nationalities and peoples. It was never governed, in history, by one single power. Even today, when constitutionally and legally British are ruling over India, one third India is not British. The administrative oneness is entirely the making of the British. The government, which has been in this sub-Continent for 150 or 160 years, is not a government with the sanction of the peoples.... It is the sanction of British bayonets and not the sanction of the peoples.

Muslim League Council, November 9, 1942
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