Sunday, August 13, 2017

Liaquat Ali Khan, July 9, 1946

This following is from The Transfer of Power 1942-7, Volume VIII, a footnote in #16 (#16 is about Jawaharlal Nehru's July 10th press conference).

On 9 July 1946, the Associated Press reported Nawabzada Liaqat Ali Khan as having said that it had been decided to convene a meeting of the Council of the All-India Muslim League at Bombay on 28 and 29 July.  The Council was to examine 'the whole position, and decide as to what course of action should be adopted by the Muslim League under the changed circumstances.'  The changed circumstances were: (1) that 'the Cabinet Delegation and the Viceroy have gone back on their word in postponing the formation of an interim Government. . . and have broken their solemn pledges given in writing to the Muslim League in the connection'; and (2) that 'Congress has accepted the long-term plan of the Cabinet Mission only conditionally with reservations', and that the Congress interpretation was totally opposed to the Mission's Statement of 25 May, 'particularly with regard to the grouping of Provinces, which is the corner stone of the long-term scheme." L/P&J/10/73:f334.

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