Sir: The Sindh government had declared holidays on the birth and death anniversaries of former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. If these governments claim to be democratic, pluralistic and all-encompassing, then why have they not declared a public holiday on the birth anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan? He was born on October 1, 1895 in East Punjab. Liaquat Ali Khan was the first prime minister and defence minister of Pakistan and needless to say, a very revered and esteemed figure.
He was a great orator who devoted his life for the welfare of the Muslims of the subcontinent.
He was assassinated at a public meeting in Rawalpindi on October 16, 1951, which was one of the most unfortunate incidents in the history of Pakistan. The Objectives Resolution, which called for values of faith in the business of the state, was moved by the late Liaquat Ali Khan.
The government regularly declares a public holiday on the birth anniversaries of the Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. Similarly, the government should declare a public holiday on the birth anniversary of Liaquat Ali Khan. At federal level, all government and private offices should be closed to commemorate and honour this great figure in history.
Ghazanfar Ali Khan