ISLAMABAD: The martyrdom anniversary of Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Shaheed-e-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan was observed across the country on today.
Born on October 1, 1895 in Karnal (Punjab), India, Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan was a sincere companion of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and struggled with him to get a separate homeland Pakistan for Muslims of sub-continent.
Khan Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated during a public rally at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on October 16, 1951.
He worked actively in politics of sub-continent from Muslim league platform and held the portfolio of finance minister, 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 Defence of Pakistan. He wielded effective power and provided dynamic leadership to Pakistan during the most crucial phase of its history.
The first Prime Minister of Pakistan Liaquat Ali khan was martyred in Rawalpindi Company Bagh (later named Liaqat Bagh) on October 16, 1951 where he rose to address a crowd and was shot to death by Syed Akbar.
Murderer Syed Akbar was shot fatally on the spot by members of the security. An official investigation of this murder was ordered by the Governor General of Pakistan.
Till date, the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan has remained a mystery. Hewas one of the most important leaders of the Muslim League and most trusted and close associate of the Quaid-e-Azam.
Quran Khawani and Fateha Khawani were held on the death anniversary at his Mazar in Karachi. A large number of people also visit his grave and offer Fateha who was laid to rest on the premises of the mausoleum of the Quaid-e-Azam. (With input from INP)