Liaquat Ali Khan
A True Nationalist but Misunderstood Leader of Pakistan
Iftikhar Ahmad Yousafzai & Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai
The history and life of no other politician and leader in Pakistan is shrouded in misperceptions and mysteries as that of Liaquat Ali Khan, the first prime minister of our beloved homeland and the most trusted companion of its founding father Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. So much unfounded and baseless matters have been attributed to him that this freedom hero and one of the few farsighted statesmen and sincere leaders of this country is seen as a villain by many of his compatriots. For example, it is believed in many circles in Pakistan – absolutely wrongly though – that Liaquat Ali caused the death of the Quaid-i-Azam by sending an ambulance, which in the words of Ms Fatima Jinnah ‘ran short of fuel’, to bring the Quaid from Karachi Airport on his return from Ziarat, Balochistan, during his illness and driving that ambulance on a road which was in dilapidated condition which allegedly further damaged the already deteriorating health of the founder of Pakistan. It is also alleged that it was Liaquat Ali Khan who threw Pakistan into the US-led Western alliance by ignoring the Soviet invitation for an official visit and visiting instead the United States, thus turning the Soviet Union into an inveterate enemy of Pakistan. Nothing is far from the truth than these allegations against this great leader. Before attempting to provide a rejoinder to these accusations against Liaquat Ali Khan, it is necessary to write a few words about his character and loyalty to his country.
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