Liaquat Ali Khan

Liaquat Ali Khan

▪ prime minister of Pakistan
born Oct. 1, 1895, Karnal, India
died Oct. 16, 1951, Rawalpindi, Pak.
 first prime minister of Pakistan (1947–51). Born the son of a landowner, Liaquat was educated at Aligarh, Allahabad, and Exeter College, Oxford (Oxford, University of). A barrister by profession, like his leader, Mohammed Ali Jinnah (Jinnah, Mohammed Ali), he entered politics in 1923, being elected first to the provincial legislature of the United Provinces and then to the central legislative assembly. He joined the Muslim League and soon became closely associated with Jinnah (Jinnah, Mohammed Ali). By degrees he won first the respect and then the admiration of the Muslim community for his share in the struggle for Pakistan; when independence was won in 1947 and Jinnah became the first governor-general, Liaquat was the obvious choice as prime minister. In this post his achievements were outstanding. If Jinnah founded Pakistan, Liaquat established it, laying down the main lines of policy, domestic and foreign, that afterward guided the country. After Jinnah's death, Liaquat was acclaimed as qaid-i-millet (“leader of the country”). Liaquat was assassinated in Rawalpindi in 1951 by a Muslim fanatic who resented his steady refusal to contemplate war with India.

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