- The Pakistani Prime Minister has also presented the General Budget of India.
- This person was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali
- Liaquat Ali presented the budget at the then Legislative Assembly building
New Delhi. Do you know that a Pakistani Prime Minister has also presented the General Budget of India? It’s interesting isn’t it? Let us tell you that this person was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali. Who presented the budget in the interim government of Jawaharlal Nehru before independence. In fact, Liaquat Ali Khan was then the Finance Minister in the interim government formed under the Prime Ministership of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
Liaquat Ali on 2 February 1946 in the then Legislative Assembly Building (today’s Parliament House). He was also the top leader of the All India Muslim League and was instrumental in the establishment of Pakistan. After the independence of Pakistan, he was made the first Prime Minister of Pakistan. When the interim government was formed before independence, the Muslim League sent him as its representative. He was entrusted with the Finance Ministry by Pandit Nehru.
Liaquat Ali Khan was considered close to Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Liaquat Ali Khan became the first Prime Minister of Pakistan after the partition of the country. He also used to contest elections for the UP assembly from Meerut and Muzaffarnagar before the partition of the country.
Liaquat’s budget was named Poor Man Budget. He described his budget proposals as ‘Socialist Budget’. But, he had to bear the criticism of the industry regarding the budget. Liaquat Ali Khan was accused of keeping the tax proposals too harsh which hurt his interests. Liaquat Ali was also accused of taking a lot of time to clear the expenses and proposals of Hindu ministers in the interim government. Sardar Patel had even said that he could not even appoint a peon without the permission of Liaquat Ali Khan.
Many people also came forward in the defense of Liaquat Ali Khan. His argument was that he could not be anti-Hindu because his wife Gul-e-Rana was originally from a Hindu family. It is a matter of fact that his family had converted to Christianity a long time ago. After the partition of the country and the death of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Liaquat Ali Khan emerged as the undisputed tallest leader of Pakistan and became the Prime Minister of Pakistan. He was shot dead in 1951 while addressing a gathering in Rawalpindi. It is important that Benazir Bhutto was also assassinated decades later in the same ground where Khan was killed.
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