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Liaquat Ali Khan

(1895-1951), Prime Minister of Pakistan

Sitter in 7 portraits
First Prime Minister of Pakistan (1947-51). The son of a landowner, Khan was educated at Aligarh, Allahabad and Exeter College, Oxford. Like the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, he was a barrister by profession first, entering politics later. He became closely associated with the Muslim League and Jinnah's struggle for Pakistan. After independence Jinnah became the first governor-general and Liaquat Ali Khan was the first choice as Prime Minister. He is largely credited with establishing the foundations for the country. He reached a pact with India to allow refugees to return to dispose of their property and possessions safely and to have anything looted returned to them. He was assassinated by a Muslim fanatic in Rawalpindi's Company Bagh during a public meeting of the Muslim City League. The garden was renamed 'Liaquat Bagh' in his memory.

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Liaquat Ali Khan

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1948
NPG x90118

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Liaquat Ali Khan

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1948
NPG x90119

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