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Liaquat Ali Khan

Pakistani politician

Died when: 56 years 15 days (672 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Liaquat Ali Khan

Liaquat Ali Khan (Urdu: ?????? ??? ??? ; 1 October 1895 – 16 October 1951), also referred to in Pakistan as Quaid-e-Millat (???? ???, 'Leader of the Nation') or Shaheed-e-Millat (?????? ?????, 'Martyr of the Nation'), was a Pakistani statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and one of the leading founding fathers of Pakistan.

On 15 August 1947, one day after independence, Khan became the first prime minister of Pakistan; he also held cabinet portfolio as the first foreign minister, defence minister, and frontier regions minister from 1947 until his assassination in 1951.

Prior to the part, Khan briefly tenured as the first British Indian finance minister in the Interim Government that undertook independence of Pakistan and India, led by Louis Mountbatten, the then-Viceroy of India.

He was a democratic political theorist who promoted parliamentarism in British India.After first being invited to the Indian National Congress, he later opted to join the All-India Muslim League led by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, an Indian independence activist who later advocated for a separate Muslim nation-state out of Hindu-majority India;

Khan assisted Jinnah in the campaign for what would become known as the Pakistan Movement.As prime minister of newly independent Pakistan at the beginning of the Cold War, Khan's foreign policy sided with the United States-led Western Bloc over the Soviet Union-led Eastern Bloc, though he was also determined to be a part of the Non-Aligned Movement.

Facing internal unrest in Balochistan and discontent for his handling of the First Kashmir War against India, his government survived an attempted coup by left-wing political opponents who were spearheaded by segments of the Pakistani military in 1951.

Nevertheless, he remained quite popular among the masses and was responsible for promulgating the Objectives Resolution, which stipulated that the developing Pakistani constitution would not adopt a European ideological pattern, but instead would be fundamentally based on the ideology of Islam.

On 16 October 1951, Khan was assassinated by a hired assassin, Said Akbar, at a political rally in the city of Rawalpindi.

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