Liaquat Ali Khan

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Person.png Liaquat Ali Khan  Rdf-icon.png
Born 1895-10-01
Karnal, Punjab, India
Died 1951-10-16 (Age 56)
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Alma mater Aligarh Muslim University, Exeter College (Oxford), Inns of Court School of Law
Victim of assassination
Party Muslim League
Pakistan's first and longest serving Prime Minister, murdered by the USA in order to facilitate their access to oil.

Employment.png Prime Minister of Pakistan Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
15 August 1947 - 16 October 1951

Employment.png Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan

In office
15 August 1947 - 27 December 1949

Employment.png Minister of Defence of Pakistan

In office
15 August 1947 - 16 October 1951

Employment.png Minister of Finance of India

In office
29 October 1946 - 14 August 1947

Pressure by US

Pakistan Today published in 2015 that "declassified documents"[Which?][Where?] reveal that the United States wanted to control the oil resources in Iran. Pakistan and Iran enjoyed cordial ties and Afghanistan used to be an enemy of Pakistan during 1950-51. The US told Pakistan to use its influence in Tehran and persuade it to transfer control of its oil fields to the US, but Liaquat Ali Khan refused, stating that he would not use his friendship for dishonest purposes. US President Harry Truman was outage by this and threatened Liaquat Ali Khan with assassination.[1]


On 16 October 1951, Khan was shot twice in the chest during a public meeting of the Muslim City League at Company Bagh (Company Gardens), Rawalpindi. The police immediately shot the assassin who was later identified as Saad Akbar Babrak. Khan was rushed to a hospital and given a blood transfusion, but he succumbed to his injuries.[2] The Municipal Park, where he was assassinated, was renamed Liaquat Bagh (Bagh means park) in his honor. It is the same location where ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in 2007.[3]


  2. Ahmed, Ashfaq (7 July 2009). "Key moment for Pakistan". Gulfnews. Retrieved 2009-07-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Doctor relives father's fate after Bhutto attack". Reuters. 30 December 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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