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Liaquat Ali Khan 61th Death Anniversary (October 16, 2012)

61st death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan today

61st martyrdom anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan is being observed on (Tuesday) October 16, 2012.

Karachi (Tuesday, October 16, 2012) – Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan was born on October 1‚ 1896 in Karnal (Punjab)‚ India.  He graduated from Anglo Oriental College in 1918. He refused to join Indian civil service and left for England for higher education.

Liaquat Ali Khan Pakistan’s First Prime Minister

He returned to country in 1923 after completing his studies. Soon after his return‚ he decided to join politics.  He was a member of the United Provinces Legislative Council from 1926-1940. He was also the leader of the Democratic Party of the Council.

Liaquat Ali Khan

In 1937‚ he went to London as a member of the Indo-British Trade Delegation. When Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah reorganized the All India Muslim League in 1936‚ Liaquat Ali Khan was elected its honorary general secretary.

Liaquat Ali Khan with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

In 1940‚ he was elected to the central legislative assembly and became the deputy leader of the Muslim League. He was the convener of the Action Committee of the League and member of the Parliamentary Board in 1943.

In 1946‚ he was appointed as a member of the Governor General s Executive Council and the leader of the Muslim League Party in the Indian interim government. He held the portfolio of finance‚ becoming the first Indian Finance Minister.
The budget for 1947-48 which he presented was acclaimed throughout the country as a  Poor man s Budget .

On August 14‚ 1947‚ he became the first Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense of Pakistan. He wielded effective power and provided dynamic leadership to Pakistan during the most crucial phase of its history. In 1950‚ he signed the “Liaquat-Nehru Pact” in New Delhi to address the the problem of minorities.

After independence‚ Quaid-i-Azam and Muslim League appointed Liaquat Ali to be the head of Pakistan government. Being the first Prime Minister of the country‚ he had to deal with a number of difficulties facing Pakistan in its early days.
He presented the Objectives Resolution in the Legislative Assembly which was passed on March 12‚ 1949. Under his leadership a team also drafted the first report of the Basic Principle Committee.

He was killed on October 16, 1951 while addressing a public meeting at Liyaqat Bagh Rawalpindi and was buried in the courtyard of the Quaid-e-Azam s mausoleum. The 1st Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan was also known as Quaid-e-Millat (leader of the nation).

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