Abdul Qadir (academician)

Abdul Qadir (Urdu: مولانا عبد القادر; 14 June 1905, Pabaini Swabi - October 22, 1969) was a Pakistani Islamic scholar, academician and founder of Pashto Academy and Department of Pashto, University of Peshawar.[1][2]


Abdul Qadir
مولانا عبد القادر
Born(1905-06-14)June 14, 1905
DiedOctober 22, 1969(1969-10-22) (aged 64)
Rajshahi, Bangladesh
Resting placePeshawar University graveyard
Nationality British India
Alma materIslamia College University
Aligarh Muslim University
Known forPashto Academy
InstituteAll India Radio
Pashto Academy
1st Director of Pashto Academy
In office
Preceded byNone (office created)
Succeeded byMian Syed Rasool Rasa


Abdul Qadir got his matriculation, intermediate and graduation from Islamia College Peshawar in 1927, and masters in English (1929), Arabic (1930), LLB (1931) and BT (1932) from Aligarh Muslim University.[3][4]


Qadri started his career in 1942 as an editor of a Pashto magazine "Nan Paron" (Today, Yesterday) then he was appointed in charge of the Pashto section (Middle East) by Patras Bokhari (then director-general) of All India Radio. In the early 50s, he was made Vice-Counsel and then ambassador in Kabul, Afghanistan from Pakistan.[5] From University Library of Tübingen Germany, he discovered "Khairul Bayan" in 1967 (rare manuscript written by Pir Roshan) the first prose book in Pashto.[6]


Qadri died on 22 October 1969 during a seminar at Rajshahi in Bangladesh.[3] He buried in Peshawar, Pakistan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Centre of Pashto Language and Literature". University of Peshawar. Archived from the original on 11 November 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ Linguistics in South Asia. p. 705.
  3. ^ a b "Maulana Abdul Qadir". kp.gov.pk. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Pashto Academy". uop.edu.pk. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Widow of scholar gets Rs50,000 for treatment". thenews.com.pk. 26 January 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Religio-Political Movements in the Pashtun Belt-the Roshnites" (PDF). Journal of Political Studies (University of the Punjab). Retrieved 5 June 2020.