65th death anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan observed today

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RAWALPINDI: Liaquat Ali Khan, Shaheed-e-Millat’s 65th death anniversary is being observed on Sunday.

The death anniversary of the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and close confidante of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is observed on October 16 in the country with great reverence.

He was assassinated on this day in 1951 during a public meeting of the Muslim City League at Company Bagh, later named Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi.

To mark the day, seminars and references are held across the country where speakers paid tributes to Khan Liaquat Ali Khan who struggled with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to get a separate homeland for Muslims of sub-continent and later served as first Prime Minister at critical juncture.

Quran Khawani and Fateha Khawani is 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.

Liaquat Ali Khan, under a conspiracy, was shot dead almost six decades ago while addressing a public meeting here.

He was one of the most important leaders of the Muslim League and most trusted and close associate of the Quaid-i-Azam.

Liaquat Ali Khan wanted to shape Pakistan according to the vision of the Quaid-i-Azam so that it could be brought in to the group of developed countries but, through a conspiracy, he was murdered.

Born and hail from Karnal, East Punjab, Liaquat Ali Khan Khan was educated at the Aligarh Muslim University in India, and then the Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

Liaquat Ali Khan was invited by the Indian Congress Party to join but, he opted for the Muslim League led by Mohammad Ali Jinnah who was advocating and determining to eradicate the injustices and ill treatment meted out to the Indian Muslims by the British government.

He played an important role in the independence movement of Pakistan, while serving as the first finance minister in the interim government of British Indian Empire, prior to partition.

Khan assisted Muhammad Ali Jinnah in campaigning for the creation of a separate state for Indian Muslims. Upon his death, he was given the title of “Shaheed-e-Millat”.