12 Facts About Khudai Khidmatgar


Khudai Khidmatgar was a predominantly Pashtun nonviolent resistance movement known for its activism against the British Raj in colonial India; it was based in the country's North-West Frontier Province.

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Khudai Khidmatgar movement faced another crackdown for its role in the Quit India Movement after 1940; in that period it started facing increasing opposition from the Muslim League in the province.

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In Delhi, the Khudai Khidmatgar was revived by Faisal Khan in 2011 with a focus on promoting communal amity and aiding in disaster relief; it has a membership of around 5,000 persons.

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Khudai Khidmatgar appointed a salar-e-azam or commander-in-chief, who in turn appointed officers to serve under him.

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Khudai Khidmatgar said 'there is an answer to violence, which is more violence.

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In 1932, the Khudai Khidmatgar movement changed its tactics and involved women in the movement.

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Khudai Khidmatgar had come to make his escape to Nazi Germany via Afghanistan.

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Khudai Khidmatgar stayed with him for two days before leaving in a Pashtun attire for the German Embassy in Kabul leading to his journey to Germany and finally Japan.

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Khudai Khidmatgar successfully stopped an attempted rapprochement between Ghaffar Khan and Muhammad Ali Jinnah by stopping a planned meeting between the two citing security threats.

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The Khudai Khidmatgar organisation was declared unlawful in mid-September 1948, mass arrests followed and the centre at Sardaryab, built-in 1942, was destroyed by the Provincial Government.

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The Khudai Khidmatgar has volunteers in 14 states and according to Faisal, they number about 10,000.

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Khudai Khidmatgar movement was a success in the terms of its opposition to British colonial rule.

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