Ch Muhammad Zafrulla Khan - a devout Ahmadi who did his bai'at at the hand of the Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, the founder of Ahmadiyya Movement on September 16, 1907 - was the first Foreign Minister of Pakistan.
He was called from Bhopal where he was Advisor to Nawab of Bhopal by the founder of Pakistan, Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Mr Jinnah was personally fully aware of the legal mind of Ch Zafrulla and on one occasion described him as his son. Ch Zafrulla Khan later became a great fighter of the Arab cause. This love for the Arabs was generated in him by his love for the Holy Prophet.
Ch Zafrulla Khan delivered a bombshell on October 7, 1947, when he spoke on the issue of the partition of Palestine. It was a stunning speech, the Arabs were overjoyed over it. In the next day's issue of the top Indian daily, the Statesman, wrote editorially:
The Statesman concluded:
The same paper in its issue of October 11, 1947 quoted an Arab spokesman saying
The second bombshell landed in May 1948, when Ch Zafrulla Khan told the British Foreign Minister Ernst Bevan, that Pakistan would never recognize the state of Israel. This caused stir in the international media specially in New York, where everybody was trying to find out who Zafrulla Khan is.
From 1948 to 1954, he waged a relentless war in the Security council for the Arab cause. He fought like a tiger for the independence of Libya, Somalia, Eritrea, Tunis, Morocco and Indonesia. The records of the Security Council are eloquent testimony of his fine speeches of this great son of Pakistan who gave a new life to the Arab countries. The Arab Ambassadors often came to know of the history of their land from his speeches delivered off the cuff.
He met Gamal Nasser of Egypt and later somebody told him that Ch Zafrulla Khan is a non Muslim, he immediately said if he is one, I would like to be a non Muslim like him.
The Sajjada Nashin of Dargah Hazrat Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani (Baghdad), Al Sayed Asim in a letter to Ch. Zafrulla Khan said:
The Secretary General of the Arab League Abdur Rahman Azzam Pasha in his letter of Nov 15,1951 said:
In a statement published in the Al Jareeda, June 22,1952, Mr Pasha said:
A prominent Egyptian leader Al Sayed Mustafa Momin in an interview with Pakistan news agency said (and this was published in the dailies of Pakistan on May 24/25,1952):
It was this fight like a tiger that endeared Pakistan among the Arab countries.
Soon after August 14, 1947 Pakistan appeared on the International map because of the powerful and forceful representation of Ch.Zafrulla Khan.
No Pakistani or for that matter no other diplomat of his stature could draw a semblance of comparison with this Ahmadi Giant.