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The Chronicle of Pakistan
Compiled by Khurram Ali Shafique
with special thanks to Aqeel Abbas Jafferi
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Mar 10-Mar20
Punjab provincial assembly Elections. Serious rigging by PML suspected

Mar 19-Apr 16 Constituent Assembly sessions (22 sittings)

Mar 25 Following Chief Court acquittal from corruption charges, Ayub Khuro gets Sindh Cabinet dissolved, for the 7th time since Independence, to become CM once again

Jun Defense expenditure lowers down to 52% (as compared with 60% last year) of the total, although the absolute defense expenditure continues to rise.

Jul 16 PM inaugurates new building of Karachi radio station on M.A.Jinnah Rd

Oct 10 Natural gas discovered at Sui (Bugti, Balochistan) 
Nov 8 The National Bank Ordinance passed to launch a commercial bank for extending loans to jute and cotton traders

Oct 24 Entire central cabinet swears in again, with the exception of the Prime Minister; Chaudri Mohammad Ali and Sirdar Nishter included on nomination by Nazimuddin

Nov 15- 23 Constituent Assembly sessions (7 sittings)

Dec 6 UN GA elects Pakistan non-permanet member of SC

Dec 28 Wah Cantt.  Paksitan Ordinance Factory inaugurated by PM Nazimuddin
Dec 29 GG Ghulam Muhammad dissolves Sindh Assembly, which had failed to resolve the crisis beginning with CM Khuro’s resignation on Dec 18


Chaudhri Rahmat Ali (Feb 3): pamphleteer; coined the name 'Pakistan.'

Liaquat Ali Khan, Prime Minister (16 October)



Rawalpindi Conspiracy Act

Formal Charges

Democracy threatened

March 9, Lahore. Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan has revealed a conspiracy against democracy in Pakistan. The conspirators aimed at creating anarchy and destroying solidarity of the army in a bid to install a socialist dictatorship. PM has asked support from the people while complete details of the case cannot be revealed at the moment.

Maj. Gen Akbar Khan (son-in-law of parliamentarian Jahanara Shahnawaz) and Brig. M.A. Lateef , accused, have been dismissed. More imprisonments are likely to follow. Inquiries are being carried out under special supervision of C-in-C General Ayub Khan and Defence Secretary Iskander Mirza.

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April 5. Muslim League leader Mumtaz Daultana takes oath as Chief Minister, Punjab, amid allegations of rigging. Iftikhar Mamdot leads the opposition.

Democracy defended

June 15 The accused of Rawalpindi Conspiracy Case, the first known attempt to replace democracy with military dictatorship in Pakistan, were put on trial inside Hyderabad Jail today. They include Maj. Gen. Akbar Khan, Begum Naseem Akbar Khan, Maj. Ishaque, Faiz Ahmad Faiz (editor Pakistan Times), Syed Sajjad Zaheer (Secretary, Communist Party of Pakistan) and others.

The accused are defended by Husain Shaheed Suhrawardy against A. K. Brohi and his colleagues before tribunal headed by Justice Abdur Rahman from the Federal Court

Changing times

September 15. Following the findings of mathematician Prof. Mahmood Anwar, Pakistan standard time from Oct 1 will drop 30 min from Indian standard time, which had been followed so far

September 24. In view of public outcry against censorship, Miss Jinnah’s original speech was re-broadcast today on directive from the Ministry of Information.

Liaquat assassinated; high level inquiry promised

October 16, Rawalpindi. Liaquat Ali Khan was shot dead today by one Said Akber, only moments after he rose to address a huge public meeting at Company Bagh, Rawalpindi.

Following the radio broadcast of the news, all public and commercial activities are shut down, as the nation prepares to mourn the death of its first PM.

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Assassin Said Akbar, killed on the spot.

Some observers are concerned about the identity of those who might really have backed Said Akber (seen dead here), who was killed by the 'angry crowd' just after he had fired the bullets. Anxieties also lurk about the contents of the PM's last speech which he could never deliver, and which has not been released to the press.

Blunders incorporated

October 17. Governor-General Khwaja Nazimuddin has assumed the responsibilities of premiership, hence holding the dual offices of the Governor-General and Prime Minister - an unusual situation in parliamentary practice.

Addressing the nation, he has declared: "The Cabinet has today given me the onerous responsibility of being Pakistan's Prime Minister." This, again is an unusual statement: a Cabinet remains in office only in the presence of the Prime Minister who had chosen it, and hence the so-called cabinet whom Nazimuddin is referring to may be, in fact, no cabinet at all.

Malik Ghulam Mohammad (above) and Chaudhri Muhammad Ali (below).

New Government takes over

Finance Minister Malik Ghulam Muhammad has stepped in to replace Nazimuddin as the new Governor-General. He will be sworn in soon, after the formal approval by His Majesty George VI. Veteran civil servant, Secretary General of Pakistan Chaudhri Mohammad Ali will replace Ghulam Muhammad as Finance Minister. Nobody has been chosen as the new Secretary General.

No matter what his limitations, Liaquat Ali Khan was a widely respected politician with a popular following. The new government seems to be lacking in that. The promotion of Malik Ghulam Muhammad to the position of Governor-General is rather steep, but it is not the only curiosity offered by the shady new set-up.

Likewise, the abrupt resignation of Secretary General Chaudhri Muhammad Ali from the senior most position in the bureacracy, merely to rush for a position in the cabinet with no previous experience of politics is also without a precedent.

Azad Pakistan Party

November 10. Mian Iftikharuddin the progressive politician has launched the leftist Azad Pakistan Party along with other like-minded PML dissidents from Punjab.

Two Year Plan

A thorough review of the Six-Year Plan devised last year has resulted in a Two-Year Priority Program costing Rs 500 million. As compared to the original Six-Year Plan, the emphasis has considerably shifted to industry and mining, which has now been allocated 48% (raised from 19% in the original plan), 25% on transport and communications, 25% on fuel and power and leaves a very small amount for agriculture.

The real change

October - December. The real change which may have occured with the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan on October 16 is that the rare leadership which regarded the masses of Pakistan as "masters" is not in power anymore.

Government, bureacracy, judiciary and army are now in the hands of that educated elite which looks down upon the masses as "poor dogs" (a metaphor commonly used for humanity by liberal Pitras Bukhari and progressive Faiz in their writings).

First Native General

January 17. General Ayub Khan, who replaces General Gracey as commander-in-chief today is the first non-British military chief of the army. 

Poetry all over

February, Lahore. Jigar Muradabadi is in town again. The immense popularity of mushairas seems to be a feature of our cultural life that has remained untouched by the upheaval of 1947. Poets who can sing their ghazals usually gain more populairty since Iqbal introduced singing in mushairas at the end of the last century. Women poets are still not very common, but the young and beautiful Zehra Nigah, who made her debut a few years ago, is a noticeable exception.

Census 1951

February 28 First population census since Independence, which began February 9 with GG Nazimuddin’s family, completes today.

Demography 1951

General population
East Pakistan: 4,42,63,000(55.6%)
West Pakistan: 3,37,79,000 (44.4%)
Total: 7,58,42,000
Literacy rate: 13.8%
Muslims: 85.9% 
Upper caste Hindus: 5.7%
Lower caste Hindus: 7.2% 
Christians: 0.6%
Other religions: 0.5%

Quota system for government jobs
East Pakistan 40%
Punjab 23%
Sindh & Balochistan 9%
Karachi 2%
Merit 20%

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First female film director

April 29 Chan Way, released today is the first Pakistani film to be directed by a woman, Madam Noor Jahan; starring her along with Santosh Kumar, Jahangir, Ghulam Muhammad; produced by her husband Shaukat Hussain Rizvi for their own Shahnur Films; music by Feroz Nizami (his 2nd undertaking); script Imtiaz Ali Taj.

Defense Day: Liaquat waves his fist at India

July 27 Addressing a Defence Day procession led by the Pakistan Muslim League outside his Karachi residence, the Prime Minister Liaquat waved his fist as a symbolic reply to India over the Kashmir issue.

Fatima Jinnah's speech censored

September 11. Fatima Jinnah’s broadcast speech on the 2nd death anniversary of the Quaid-i-Azam was censored.

Two passages, criticizing the Liaquat Govt for not being able to take effective measures on the issue of Kashmir, are censored by Z.A.Bukhari, the Controller of Broadcasting, in view of the already widespread anxiety over the issue.

King of the court

April 9. Hashim Khan emerges as world champion by winning British Squash Open Championship by defeating Mahmoodul Karim (Egypt).

Songs remembered
Mundeya Sialkotia : Chan Way

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