Killing Liaquat Ali Khan

Abdul Majeeb Abid unravels the greatest murder mystery in Pakistan's history

Killing Liaquat Ali Khan
It has been 64 years since the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan, was assassinated during a speech in Rawalpindi. Following the early demise of Mr. Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan was the senior most leader of All India Muslim League. Belonging to a landowning family from United Provinces (U.P), Liaquat Ali Khan was active in provincial and national politics. He played a pivotal role in the return of Mr. Jinnah in 1930s after the veteran politician had lost enthusiasm for the cause of Muslim nationalism. Mr. Liaquat was elected as the first Prime Minister of Pakistan after Partition. In October 1951, Liaquat Ali Khan rose to address a crowd in Municipal Park, Rawalpindi, when he was shot to death by Syed Akbar. Syed Akbar was shot fatally on the spot by members of the security. An official investigation of this murder was ordered by the Governor General of Pakistan. During the course of investigation, a plane containing the chief investigative officer of the case developed malfunction and was destroyed. Till date, the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan has remained a mystery.

New information has surfaced in the recent years, that sheds some light on the incident and the hidden hands involved in getting rid of Pakistan’s first Prime Minister. Pakistan’s premier news agency ‘Offline’ reported that a renowned Saudi Newspaper ‘Arab News’ reported that a declassified document from the US State Department clearly identified the powers that were interested in getting Liaqat Ali Khan killed. The declassified cable quoted a well-sourced Urdu newspaper from Bhopal named ‘Nadeem’ which ran a sting operation to obtain information that Liaquat’s murder had been ‘a deep-rooted conspiracy and recognizable hands were involved in it’. The US Cable from US Embassy in Delhi mentioned the news and recommended a Pulitzer Prize for the journalists behind this vital scoop.
Bhopal-based Urdu newspaper 'Nadeem' ran a sting operation to obtain crucial information

The cable mentioned that secretary to the assistant to the secretary of US Ambassador in Karachi has jotted down ‘Holiday’ for October 19th in a table diary and then immediately struck it off. Other words that were written and then removed by the US official included ‘conspiracy’, ‘Bambino’, ‘Nietzsche’, ‘Humidity’ and ‘Chutzpah’. The story also mentioned how the US Ambassador in Karachi called Liaquat’s wife Ra’ana for condolences only thirty-five seconds before the Governor General of Pakistan and this was a crucial link that was not investigated properly.

Another beacon of objective journalism in Pakistan, the Lakspress Urdu paper divulged further details from the plot. The paper revealed that America was eyeing Iranian oil reserves in those days and Pakistan was quite cosy with Iran while Afghanistan didn’t fancy Pakistan much. The American President had personally begged Liaquat Ali Khan to intervene on his behalf in the matter of oil contracts being discussed between Iran and the United States. India was sulking next door because it was being ignored in this ménage-à-trois. Liaquat Ali Khan refused to entertain the American request and threatened to form a separate bloc. Upon hearing of this discretion, the CIA decided to bump off Liaquat.
Descendants of the eyewitnesses recall that Liaquat Ali Khan's last words were 'Et tu, Truman?'

The King of United States phoned the King of Afghanistan and a plan was finalised. Syed Akbar and two other secret service officials were deputed with the task of assassinating Liaquat Ali Khan in Rawalpindi. The US wanted a Sunni Muslim Assassin so that the blame can be deflected from itself (More than half of the population of United States was Shia at the time).

According to our own investigation into this mystery, Liaquat Ali Khan’s assassination was not actually conducted by Syed Akbar. Instead, an earlier version of a drone was used to kill the ghairat-mand Prime Minister. Our investigations revealed that a few days prior to Mr. Liaqat’s death, American officials had wanted to obtain permission for using Pakistan’s northern areas as a testing ground for HAARP but the request was denied. The cartridges found from Prime Minister Liaquat’s body were custom made in the United States. Descendants of the eyewitnesses to that event recall that Liaquat Ali Khan’s last words actually were, ‘Et tu, Truman?’

President Truman accompanies Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan in Washington D.C
President Truman accompanies Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan in Washington D.C

Julian Assange and his organisation, WikiLeaks, should be awarded the highest civilian honour

There have been many mysterious murders in Pakistan’s history, besides the Liaquat Ali Khan assassination. The nation still doesn’t know the details about the deaths of Zia-ul-Haq, Benazir Bhutto and Osama bin Laden. The release of crucial information about the Liaquat Ali Khan case is welcome news for all the murder conspiracy enthusiasts in the Land of Pure. Julian Assange and his organisation, WikiLeaks, should be awarded the highest civilian honour for unearthing such valuable information from the troves of U.S. State Department cables. It is my humble request to the relevant authorities that perpetrators of this heinous murder be brought to justice at the earliest opportunity so that enemies of our country think long and hard before conspiring against this great nation.