Omar Hayat Malik

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Omar Hayat Malik was a Pakistani politician, educationist and diplomat.[1]

In British India, Malik served as the principal of the Islamia College, Peshawar and Islamia College, Lahore.[2] A participant in the Pakistan Movement,[1] he was elected[a] to the Constituent Assembly of India as a candidate of Muslim League and abdicated attendance until the Mountbatten Plan sanctioned the creation of Pakistan and its own constituent assembly.[3][4] A gifted orator, Malik wished for the new state to be a theocratic democracy.[5]

In independent Pakistan, Malik was appointed as the first vice-chancellor of the University of the Punjab.[6][7][8] However, he resigned in 1950 and joined the diplomatic corps; Malik would serve as Pakistan's ambassador to Japan, Germany, Indonesia and as High Commissioner to India.[1]


  1. ^ The Cabinet Mission Plan had reserved one seat in the Constitution Assembly per million people of a province. These seats were distributed among Muslims, Sikhs, and General (Hindus and others) category in proportion to their share of population in the province and were to be elected by legislators of the particular community. Punjab Province was allotted with twenty eight seats, of which eight were reserved for General category, sixteen for Muslims, and rest for Sikhs.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Journal of Law and Society. Vol. 1. Legal Research Centre, University of Peshawar. 1982. An eminent educationist, a renowned scholar, an accomplished diplomat and one of those who led the movement for the creation of Pakistan... Later, became Vice-Chancellor of the Punjab University. As Pakistan's ambassador, he held assignments in Indonesia, Japan, India and Germany.
  2. ^ Rao, B. Shiva (1968). The Framing of India's Constitution: Select Documents. Vol. I. Nasik, India: The Indian Institute of Public Administration. p. 308.
  3. ^ a b Rao, B. Shiva (1968). The Framing of India's Constitution: A Study. Nasik, India: The Indian Institute of Public Administration. pp. 93–95.
  4. ^ "Pakistan". The Commonwealth Relations Office List 1952. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1952. p. 171.
  5. ^ "A question of identity | Special Report |". Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  6. ^ "University of the Punjab - Former Vice Chancellors".
  7. ^ Binder, Leonard (19 January 1961). "Religion and Politics in Pakistan". University of California Press – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Directorate, East Pakistan (Pakistan) Labour (20 January 2018). "Eastern Pakistan Labour Journal" – via Google Books.