Liaquat Ali Khan: Why Pakistan’s first Prime Minister’s visit to Moscow did not become a reality?
He was probably standing at the corner of the street … ‘As simple and somewhat affectionate as this statement is, there are so many complexities and so many problems in its description. It must have been the weekend of June 1949 when a deputy courier knocked and entered Saad Rashid al-Khairi’s office.
Saad Rashid al-Khairi belonged to the family of Allama Rashid al-Khairi, one of the earliest figures in Urdu literature who campaigned for the education of Muslim women in the subcontinent.
Saad Rashid al-Khairi was a retired officer of the first batch of the Pakistan Civil Service and was now performing diplomatic duties in Iran. The deputy courier said: “A car has arrived from the Russian embassy, sir!”
On hearing this news, a bell rang in Saad Rashid Al-Khairi’s mind. Mr. Pekin Luck, Second Secretary of the Russian Embassy was present.