Abu Bakr Ahmad Haleem

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Abu Bakr Ahmad Haleem
Born1897 (1897)
Died20 April 1975(1975-04-20) (aged 77–78)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Alma materPatna University
University of Oxford
Known forPakistan Movement and helped in establishing the Pakistan Institute of International Affairs
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical science
InstitutionsKarachi University
Aligarh Muslim University
University of Oxford
Sindh University

Abu Bakr Ahmad Haleem (Urdu: ابو بكر احمد حليم; commonly known as A. B. A. Haleem) (1897 – 20 April 1975) was a Pakistani Muhajir political scientist and the first vice-chancellor of Karachi University.

Early life and career[edit]

Abu Bakr Ahmed Haleem was born in 1897 in Irki village in Bihar, British Indian Empire (now in India).[citation needed] From the Patna University he gained Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in political science.[1] He attended the University of Oxford in England where he gained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in political science and was called at Lincoln's Inn as Bar-at-law.[2] Upon returning to Indiain 1923, Haleem accepted a professorship in history at the Aligarh Muslim University.[citation needed] In 1944, he joined the Muslim League and took active participation in Pakistan Movement. At one point he reportedly told Muhammad Ali Jinnah: "Mr. Jinnah, we are teaching history and you are making it."[3] In support of Jinnah, the AMU was also closed on 3 November 1941.[4] The University Muslim League also formed a writers committee under Haleem which produced articles and pamphlets on Pakistan.[4]

After the establishment of Pakistan in 1947, Haleem was appointed the first Vice-Chancellor of Sindh University at the behest of Jinnah and in 1951 he gained that post at Karachi University.[3]

In 1970, he became chairman of Pakistan Institute of International Affairs (PIIA) which he chaired until 1974. In 1975, he once returned to Karachi University to teach political science and stayed there until his death on 20 April 1975.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

He died on 20 April 1975 in Karachi.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Profile of A. B. A. Haleem, Pakistan Institute of International Affairs website Retrieved 31 August 2019
  2. ^ "Alumnus of Indian students at the Oxford University". Handbook of Indian students. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b Hamza Usman (6 February 2012). "At Home Nowhere". Pakistan Tea House website. Archived from the original on 31 August 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b Muhammad, Shan (2002). Education and politics : from Sir Syed to the present day : the Aligarh School. New Delhi: A.P.H. Pub. Corporation. p. 138. ISBN 8176482757.

Further reading[edit]

  • Dhulipala, Venkat (2011). Rallying around the Qaum: The Muslims of the United Provinces and the movement for Pakistan, 1935—1947. New Delhi. pp. 396 pages. ISBN 978-1243513144.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  • Hasan, Mushirul (1997). Legacy of a divided nation : India's Muslims since independence. Boulder: WestviewPress. p. 80. ISBN 0813333407.