This Day in Politics: April 8, 1950 – Liaquat–Nehru Pact



This Day in Politics: April 8, 1950 – Liaquat–Nehru Pact

On April 8, 1950 Pakistan and India signed the Liaquat–Nehru Pact. It was signed between Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan in New Delhi.

At the time of independence, many communal riots broke out in different areas of Pakistan and India. These riots had a great impact on the status of minorities in the two nations. Due to brutal killings by the majority community, a huge number of Muslims migrated from India, and Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan.

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This got worse during the 1940s and early 1950s and it seemed like another war between the two countries was inevitable. At this critical juncture in the history of South Asia, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, issued a statement emphasizing the need to reach a solution to the problem.

At this time he met with his counterpart to discuss terms of peace between the two countries.