Liaquat Bagh adds to its gory history

December 28, 2007

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ISLAMABAD, Dec 27: Located at a busy place of Murree road, Liaquat Bagh stands in the annals of country’s history with major assassination attempts on three prominent political leaders.

The country’s first prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated on October 16, 1951, when he was addressing a gathering of 100,000 at Company Bagh (later renamed Liaqat Bagh) in Rawalpindi. Record says the murderer Said Akbar was an Afghan national and a professional assassin.

On March 23, 1973, the Federal Security Force, a paramilitary force attacked a public opposition rally of Awami National Party leader led by Wali Khan at Liaquat Bagh killing dozen ANP workers.

Wali Khan narrowly escaped the attempt.

And lastly, Liaquat Bagh again attained the bloody imprints with the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto who was killed as a bomb exploded after she ended her address to a public rally at the same garden.—APP