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Death of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah





Telegram from Dept. of State, Division of South Asian Affairs to Secretary of State: September 12, 1948 - 1:37 a.m.



Governor General Jinnah died suddenly 1025 last night from heart attack shortly after returning to Karachi from Baluchistan. Funeral to be this afternoon.

Lewis


 
 
   
   
RICHARD HOUGH

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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