Pakistan, the Heart of Asia: Speeches in the United States and Canada, May and June 1950

Pakistan, the Heart of Asia: Speeches in the United States and Canada, May and June 1950

Pakistan, the Heart of Asia: Speeches in the United States and Canada, May and June 1950

Pakistan, the Heart of Asia: Speeches in the United States and Canada, May and June 1950

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This book is a record of the speeches made by the Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan, together with the welcoming addresses of his American hosts when, accompanied by his distinguished and charming wife, Begum Liaquat Ali Khan, he visited the United States in May 1950. The visit expressed, and was meant to express publicly, what the two governments had long believed--that though Pakistan and America are far apart in space, though they are very different in their ways of life, each has great responsibilities for the peace and welfare of mankind which it cannot hope to meet fully without the advice and help of the other.

The visit did much more, however, than to express this belief. The Americans who met the Prime Minister and had a chance to learn the quality of the man and the breadth and freedom of his ideas were left with the feeling that the collaboration which was so obviously desirable was no mere pious hope, but one of the great positive elements of the modern world.

It is not easy to exaggerate how much depends upon whether this collaboration is realized. The relationship between the Western World and Asia, which began with the European imperial conquests some four centuries ago, is in its very last phase. As the old empires have dissolved, the problem of the succession has arisen. In most of Asia, in what we call the Far East particularly, the problem of the succession is not solved. But in southern Asia, in the enormous subcontinent, the problem has been solved by the emergence of two . . .

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