Early Education Before Creation of Pakistan
Muhammad Aslam was an intelligent, handsome and humble boy. He was admitted in Municipal Committee Primary School, Haripur. At that time school children used to sit on a jute mat on the ground. He was a popular student and passed his primary classes in shining standard. His individuality was key to his maturity and he was a different boy. His culture and tradition were those of a true Muslim, having value for morals.
Hindus were dominating the business, trade, agriculture, and Muslims used to be dependent on them. When Hindu acquaintance learnt that M. Aslam s/o Muhammad Abdullah was an intelligent boy, they persuaded his father Malik Abdullah in this way, Malik Sahib, your son is tall, grown up, if you put him in school, he shall not be a support to you, he shall go away. He is young give him animals and cattle. He should look after them and you and after some time, get him married. If there shall be need of money or grain or ghee, we will give. Muhammad Abdullah was trapped in this conspiracy and Aslam was taken away from school and could not get admission in 5th class alongwith his class fellows. But he was keeping primary school certificate with him. It was custom of Hindu domination that Muslim could only get education upto 4th class primary and were appointed Chungi Muharar Octori person or elsewhere. Muslim girls were not encouraged to get education. .
So cattle, goats, hens were his books and the fields were his school. He used to take his animals buffaloes, cows, donkeys, goats for grazing and he used to give them food and fodder every day. Aslam used to massage the animals, used to cut the fodder with hand toka, thereby he cut his finger one day.
Mostly he used to take his goats near Sanatan Dharam High School where students were doing drill, Aslam was all the time feeling that he will get admission some day.
After 3 years of gap, he persuaded his father, kindly allow me to join school in 5th Class and he will continue to look after the cattle and to do other odd jobs. The father was kind and he was given admission in 5th Class in 1944 in Sanatan Dharam High School. It was Hindu Dharam School run by Seth Atum Chand Sahni and few Muslims were allowed. Did his 5th Class in distraction and did 6th & 7th class in one year and passed 8th class in 1946 and was promoted to 9th class in 1947. This was the story of his early days. Even with such circumstances Aslam was active in politics and was known for his loud slogans in the public meetings. He portrayed his personality and he was identified as true worker of Muslim League in its struggle for Pakistan. Popularity gave courage to him to chant a slogan in the public meeting of Indian National Congress at Haripur “Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad Pakistan Zindabad”. He was punished but he had strong feelings for the Muslim homeland. The NWFP was governed by Congress Leader Dr. Khan Shahib, brother of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan. They wanted that NWFP should be part of Indian domain and not Pakistan.
So the NWFP Muslim League headed by Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan protested against them, there used to be meetings of Indian Nationals Party. Aslam was known for shouting slogans of Pakistan and Quaid-e-Azam. He was slapped by Hindus and Congressmen. Aslam was very active in Pakistan Movement as a School boy, he participated actively in NWFP Referendum 1947, thus he met the following people during Pakistan Movement: -
i) Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, President NWFP Muslim League.
ii) Khan Bahadar Jalal ud Din Khan, President, Hazara Muslim League.
iii) Faiz Muhammad Khan, President Tehsil Haripur Muslim League.
iv) Raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan, Incharge Referendum District Hazara, Sardar Abdur Rab Nishtar, Maulana Badauni, Mufti Muhammad Idrees (student Aligarh).
v) Pir Sahib Manki Sharif & Pir Sahib of Zakori Sharif.
vi) Dr. Abdul Jabbar Khan & Dr. Khan Sahib Chief Minister NWFP – Congress Leaders.
vii) Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Redshirt Congress Leader.
viii) Pandat Jawahir Lal Nehru, President Congress, Mahatma Gandhi.
ix) Allama Inayat Ullah Mashraqi, Khaksar Leader.
x) Atta Ullah Shah Bukhari and others Nationalist Leaders.
xi) Sardar Bahadar Khan Tareen.
xii) Gohar Rehman Khan Jadoon.
xiii) Mufti Muhammad Idrees and other students of Ali Garh.
xiv) Ghulam Jaan Khan Tarkhali, Editor Jamhoor.
xv) Maulana Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Khateeb Jamia Masjid Abbotabad
xvi) Mufti Mehmood Ahmed father of Maulana Fazalur Rehman.
xvii) Maulana Ghulam Ghous Hazarvi.
He too have met many other political leaders during Pakitan Movement.
The Pakistan Movement was for prosperity, progress of Muslims of Sub-Continent in Economics, Education and Social field all fastering relations of all classes of Muslims into one nation, thus All India Muslim League, under dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam worked a lot to make case of Muslims a strong because Hindus and British were not in favour of separate home land for Muslim. Aslam Soofi was active in holding public meetings and conferences. He was sure for vibrant future of Muslim and he emerges as collaboration of Muslim League and used to meet all these personalities.