parts of the State fell into the hands of the Provisional Government. When the Nawab heard
of it, he fled to Pakistan with his jewels, many of his wives and his dogs, leaving Sir
Sha Nawaz Bhutto, his Dewan, a resident of Pakistan, to run the Government as best as he
The volunteer-army of freedom advanced
rapidly and was welcomed everywhere with enthusiasm. It was indeed a difficult and
delicate task that confronted Munshi. Lord Mountbatten, the Governor General, was for
following a cautious policy with regard to Junagadh. The people of the country in general
and of Gujarat and Kathiawar in particular were excited.
In fact, the situation in Kathiawar was highly
explosive and none of the leaders were in a position to hold the people in leash for long-
Munshi enjoyed the confidence of- Sardar who was the inister for States. The
full story of the strenuous efforts he made in regard to the Junagadh affair has not yet
With the flight of the Nawab, conditions in Junagadh went
from bad to worse. Sir Shah Nawaz Bhutto knew that he could not carry on the
administration and wrote a letter to the Regional Commissioner of the Government of India
at Rajkot asking him to take over the administration of the State.