|Biographical detail : ||The one who coined the word Pakistan.
Rahmat Ali was the person who gave Pakistan its name in the booklet, “Now or Never”, which he published while he was a student in Cambridge University and a young activist of freedom movement.
On January 28, 1933 Rahmat’s Pakistan declaration pamphlet: Now or Never: Are We to Live or perish Forever? was issued. In it he coined the word Pakistan. This name Pakistan spiritually means pure in Urdu ( P for Punjab, A for Afghanistan border states, K for Kashmir, S for Sindh and TAN as in Baluchistan), an acronym, soon caught the imagination of the multitudes and everybody began to call the proposed country by this name.
Ali visited Pakistan, in 1948, after the country’s birth in August 1947, his reputation foundered. Back in England, he worked as a lawyer in Cambridge. The house in a middle-class suburb of Chesterton in Cambridge has now become a place for Pakistani pilgrims.
Choudhury Rahmat Ali was born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab. He died in a flu epidemic and was buried at Newmarket Road Cemetery, England.