Liaquat Ali Khan
| Liaquat Ali Khan |
Karnal, Punjab, India
1951-10-16 (Age 56)|
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
|Alma mater||Aligarh Muslim University, Exeter College (Oxford), Inns of Court School of Law|
Pakistan's first and longest serving Prime Minister, murdered by the USA in order to facilitate their access to oil.
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.
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. 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.
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