October 16, 1951: Pakistan’s 1st PM Liaquat Ali Khan assassinated in Rawalpindi

Liaquat Ali Khan was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan. On October 16, 1951, Pakistan’s 1st PM Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated in Rawalpindi’s Company Bagh. His killer assassinated him during a public assembly of the Muslim City League. on October 25, only 10 days after Khan’s assassination, the authorities set up a commission to investigate the murder. The court declared Federal Court Judge Justice Muhammad Munir as the head of the commission along with Punjab Finance Commissioner Akhtar Hussain.

However, the court did assemble this commission to discover the reasons behind the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan. Instead, the court advised the commission to research the circumstances under which Liaqat Ali Khan was killed. This task included finding the officials responsible for the lack of preparations and failure.

Sahibzada Aizazuddin also investigated the murder of Liaquat Ali Khan. The commission created for the investigation came to result that the assassination was not a conspiracy. The commission suggested that the death of Liaquat Ali Khan is a private act of a murderer.

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Meanwhile, the police branch assigned CID inspector Sheikh Abrar Ahmed to research the murder of Liaquat Ali Khan. Sheikh Abrar Ahmed was present in the corridor at the time of the murder. Moreover, he had snatched the revolver from the hands of Inspector Muhammad Shah who shot at Said Akbar. Said Akbar was the one who shot Liaquat Ali Khan. In addition to that, Police Inspector Muhammad Shah killed him on spot.

Although the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan become Said Akbar’s private act. Still, people blame newspapers for provoking Said Akbar toward Liaquat Ali Khan and Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan. These newspapers posted a scathing complaint about Liaquat’s policies.

In the end, the officials labeled the killing of Mr. Liaquat as murder. Said Akbar was an Afghan national who killed Liaquat Ali Khan.

Sir Liaquat’s murderer Said Akbar sat in the front row of the stage. Authorities targeted these chairs for the Crime Investigation Department (CID) police officers.  As soon as Sir Liaquat came on stage to give his speech, Said Akbar shot him twice in the chest. Police officials immediately caught Said Akbar on spot ultimately killing him. The last words of Sir Liaquat Ali Khan were as follows:

“May Allah Protect Pakistan!”

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