On January 30, , he revived Khudai Khidmatgars, the army of non-violent activists that Badshah Khan raised in to free Pathans from. Khudai-Khidmatgar was basically a social movement that was initiated by Badshah Khan in Pakhtun dominated areas. The purpose of this. The Khudai Khidmatgar (Servants of God) was a group founded by Abdul Ghaffar Khan in the Northwest Frontier of British India. The group was notable for its.

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The Pashtun Jirga began publishing a journal called Pashtun. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Quit India Movement.

Sharada Prasad, and B. The army was completely voluntary; even the officers gave their services free. He appointed a salar-e-azam or commander-in-chief, who in turn appointed officers khudwi serve under him. Moreover the movement attracted the illiterate and hard-headed Pakhtoons towards manual labor through examples from the lives of the Prophet, like Hazrat Idrees AS, who was a tailor by profession.

Khudai Khidmatgar Movement

However, by5, members of the Khudai Khidmatgar and 2, members of the Congress Party were arrested. Salar Aslam was also a member of the Forward Block and Bacha Khan’s argument was that he could not trust anyone but his elder son, Ghani Khan, whom he wanted to lead Pakhtun Zalmey.

Jihad Abdul Ghaffar Khan.

The movement’s claim to total non-violence seems flawed mhidmatgar well; some critics argue that while the movement proved a success against the British, it like other non-violent movements would not have proved a success against another Imperial power.


When Ghaffar Khan was released from prison three months later, he joined the Khalifat movement.

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In response to this, kihdmatgar the government had increased its pressure in the Frontier. This depravity has in-fact been created by the self-seekers in the guise of religion. The Pir created khidmatgaar breakaway Muslim League, however, it proved no match for Qayyum who engineered his re-election in This area was occupied by the British in and divided into two areas.

So to demolish this curse from the Pashtoon society and to unite them under the single platform. The New York Times. The Khudai Khidmatgar movement was a success in the terms of its opposition to British rule. As a result, it has been seen as a secessionist movement in Pakistan, and in the s and s it was also perceived as pro communist, an argument that was used by conservative elements to discredit it as anti-Islam.

It had played throughout on the Islamic theme. The language of politics is important, Faisal points out. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Houses were burned down and stocks of grain were destroyed. From time to time they drilled in work kyudai and took long military-style marches into the hills.

By its leadership was exiled from the province and large numbers were arrested. In more than one occasion when Hindus and Sikhs were attacked in Peshawar, Khidmatgar members helped protect their lives and kihdmatgar. Due to pressure across India, the British government finally released Bacha Khan and lifted restrictions on the movement.


The police force in the region was allowed khkdai destroy buildings and inflict collective punishment, which punished entire families and villages for the crimes of one individual.

On January 20 this year, the Gujarat unit was launched at the Sabarmati Ashram and about 10 days ago, the Karnataka unit in Bangalore.

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This unnerved many Indian officers working in the region as in those days of conservative India it was considered a grave insult to attack women, more so in a conservative Pashtun society. The movement lingered on tillwhen it was again banned khidnatgar the central khuddai because of Ghaffar Khan’s opposition to the One Unit. The tribal areas did not pay taxes, and the extensive British police force resulted in extensive taxes paid by the settled districts.

After being jailed for three years for his attempts at reform, Ghaffar Kahn founded the Pashtun Jirga Pashtun Council inwhich emphasized education, social, and political matters. The movement also persuades the people to seek guidance from Shariat in their disputes. At these schools, people learned to khudqi thread, grind wheat for flour, and press oil seeds for cooking oil.