66 years, on October 16, first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr Liaquat Ali Khan, was shot at and killed in the afternoon of October 16, 1951 as he stood up to address a public gathering at a park in Rawalpindi city. No one had a clue to this murder because people of Pakistan loved and respected him, and they could not imagine that a Pakistan national could think of a little harm to him.
Mr Liaquat Ali Khan was one of the leaders who struggled hard to gain independence of Pakistan from the shackles of occupying forces, Kingdom of Briton.
The reason behind his murder was that, when invited to USA and pressed by the US Administration to take their word, he had said, “We are a sovereign Nation. We want USA to be our friend, but we will not take dictation.”
1. Extract from an article, “WHO KILLED LAK (Liaquat Ali Khan) ?” published on October 24, 1951 in an Indian magazine:
[…]It was learned within Pakistani Foreign Office that while UK pressing Pakistan for support re Iran, US demanded Pakistan exploit influence with Iran and support Iran transfer oil fields to US. Liaquat declined request. US threatened annul secret pact re Kashmir. Liaquat replied Pakistan had annexed half Kashmir without American support and would be able to take other half. Liaquat also asked US evacuate air bases under pact. Liaquat demand was bombshell in Washington. American rulers who had been dreaming conquering Soviet Russia from Pakistan air bases were flabbergasted. American minds set thinking re plot assassinate Liaquat. US wanted Muslim assassin to obviate international complications. US could not find traitor in Pakistan as had been managed Iran, Iraq, Jordan. Washington rulers sounded US Embassy Kabul. American Embassy contacted Pashtoonistan leaders, observing Liaquat their only hurdle; assured them if some of them could kill Liaquat, US would undertake establish Pashtoonistan by 1952. Pashtoon leaders induced Akbar undertake job and also made arrangements kill him to conceal conspiracy. USG-Liaquat differences recently revealed by Graham report to SC; Graham had suddenly opposed Pakistan although he had never given such indication. […] Cartridges recovered from Liaquat body were American-made, especially for use high-ranking American officers, usually not available in market. All these factors prove real culprit behind assassin is US Government, which committed similar acts in mid-East. “Snakes” of Washington’s dollar imperialism adopted these mean tactics long time ago.