KARACHI  - The 56th death anniversary of a great journalist, a statesman and a leader of Pakistan Movement Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was observed on Tuesday.Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was born in 1873 at Sialkot. After graduation he was appointed Secretary to Nawab Mohsin-ul-Mulk who was then in Bombay.Later he worked for sometime as a Translator in Hyderabad Deccan, rising to the post of Secretary Home Department. He returned home on his father’s death in 1909 and took over as Editor Urdu Newspaper ‘Zamindar’ which became one of the most influential newspapers of the sub-continent. The paper was banned and the press was confiscated because of its revolutionary policies. He participated many a times in the annual sessions of the All India Muslim League. He supported the resolution, which resulted in the setting up the All India Muslim League.He was Member of the Committee to formulate Muslim Representation in Legislative and other Elective bodies. He remained an active member of the Khilafat Movement.Maulana Zafar Ali Khan remained Member of the Central Legislative Assembly from 1937 to 1945 and was re-elected to it as a Muslim League Member in 1946.Most of Maulana’s life was spent in politics. He was a great poet, an orator, an essayist of exceptional merit and a Journalist. His interest in poetry began in his childhood and his poems were full of religious and political sentiments.His poetical output has been published in ‘Baharistan’, ‘Nigaristan’ and ‘Chamanistai1’. His other works are ‘Ma’arka-e-Mazhab-o-Science’, ‘Ghalba-e-Rumi’, ‘Sayr-e-Zulmat’ and an opera ‘Jang-e-Roos-o-Japan’.He died on November 27, 1956.