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Death of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah

Telegram from President Harry S. Truman to Liaquat Ali Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan: September 12, 1948

The Honorable Liaquat Ali Khan,
Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Karachi, Pakistan

I was deeply grieved to learn this morning of the unexpected death of the Governor General of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Originator of the dream that became Pakistan, architect of the State, father of the world's largest Muslim nation, Jinnah was the recipient of a devotion and loyalty seldom accorded to man.

It is particularly tragic that within so short a period of time the two great new nations of the Indian subcontinent should be deprived of the leadership and guidance of their founding geniuses. Both of these great men rose from humble origins to positions of vast and constructive influence through their abilities and their sense of dedication, and the world is the poorer for their passing. I am confident, however, that the memory of Jinnah's remarkable leadership will serve to maintain and inspire the Government and people of Pakistan in the years that lie ahead.

Please accept my most sincere condolences and through me those of the American people to the Government and people of Pakistan in this hour of their irreparable loss and profound grief.

Harry S. Truman


United Kingdom

In fact, politically Gandhi now carried little weight, but it was of the utmost importance that Mountbatten should have a close understanding and friendship with India's beloved prophet, and this, he succeeded in achieving. The other major politicians and statesmen, in turn, warmed to the aura of affection and goodwill and at the same time recognised Mountbatten's genuine love for their people. But the one man who could drive home the bolt and secure the lock of united India was Jinnah. 'Jinnah was the Muslim League' said Mountbatten. 'He held the future of India in his hands. I tried the same technique with him but it was almost impossible to warm him. He had only one dream and that was a separate Muslim state.

The Hindu leaders, trained by Gandhi, dropped him as of no use when the decisive moment arrived. The Quaid could not be budged - He wanted Pakistan, and he won it!

Mountbatten, Hero of Our Time, Weidenfels & Nicholson, London, 1980, p. 218
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