KALABAGH, AMIR MUHAMMAD KHAN (1900-1970) Amir Muhammad Khan, the nawab of Kalabagh, achieved political prominence in the early 1960s Up until then he was known only in his native district of Mianwali in northern Punjab, where he had extensive landholdings He had made little effort to use his local position to carve out a prominent political position for himself either in Punjab or in national politics This political detachment was not typical of landlords of his scale and local prominence He had stayed out of active politics largely because of the role he had played as a Unionist in the period before the birth of Pakistan The Unionists had opposed the idea of Pakistan, and although a number of them were able to once again enter politics after Pakistan became a reality, Amir Muhammad Khan preferred to stay quietHowever, in 1960 he was appointed governor of West Pakistan by President Ayub Khan, a position he held for six years The nawab was responsible for bringing the landed community, sidelined by its opposition to the idea of Pakistan, back to the center stage of politics However, his style of governance alienated a number of important people, and by about the middle of the decade President Ayub Khan had come to the realization that the nawab was no longer a political asset but, instead, was becoming a liability The governor was blamed for the heavy-handed way in which the civil bureaucracy was alleged to have interfered in the presidential elections of 1965

The nawab was persuaded to resign and was replaced in 1966 by General Muhammad Musa Amir Muhammad Khan went back to his lands in Mianwali In 1970 he was murdered by his son over a dispute concerning the management of his large estate

What do you think?

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%