1953

1953
General Azam Khan - the first Martial Law Administrator having hard talk with Sardar Nishtar With the government failing to contain anti-Qadiani riots in Lahore, property of civilians being destroyed and truoble spreading to other major cities of the Punjab in 1953, Prime Minister Khwaja Nazimuddin, a pious but ineffective administrator while presiding over a cabinet meeting in Karachi kept saying 'what should I do, what should I do'. Lahore was on fire and the Governor of Punjab had just confirmed the fact. Defense Secretary Iskander Mirza was asked to find out the exact situation. He went to the ante room and called GOC Lahore General Azam Khan who confirmed the reports. 'How long will it take you to control the situation?' Mirza asked him. 'One hour' quipped Azam. 'Then go ahead' Mirza advised him. He returned to the Cabinet room and announced that he had declared Martial Law in Lahore. True to his word Azam restored law and order, arrested Maulana Maudoodi and Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi, tried them in a summary military court, sentenced them to death and sent them to the black cell for hanging the next morning. A call from King Saud however got them a reprieve. But with the carte blanche given to Gen Azam, military supremacy had been ensured in Pakistan for all times to come.
General Azam Khan - the first Martial Law Administrator having hard talk with Sardar Nishtar With the government failing to contain anti-Qadiani riots in Lahore, property of civilians being destroyed and truoble spreading to other major cities of the Punjab in 1953, Prime Minister Khwaja Nazimuddin, a pious but ineffective administrator while presiding over a cabinet meeting in Karachi kept saying 'what should I do, what should I do'. Lahore was on fire and the Governor of Punjab had just confirmed the fact. Defense Secretary Iskander Mirza was asked to find out the exact situation. He went to the ante room and called GOC Lahore General Azam Khan who confirmed the reports. 'How long will it take you to control the situation?' Mirza asked him. 'One hour' quipped Azam. 'Then go ahead' Mirza advised him. He returned to the Cabinet room and announced that he had declared Martial Law in Lahore. True to his word Azam restored law and order, arrested Maulana Maudoodi and Maulana Abdul Sattar Khan Niazi, tried them in a summary military court, sentenced them to death and sent them to the black cell for hanging the next morning. A call from King Saud however got them a reprieve. But with the carte blanche given to Gen Azam, military supremacy had been ensured in Pakistan for all times to come.