Islamabad, May 5 : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has paid rich tributes to Tipu Sultan on his death anniversary, saying the 18th century ruler of Mysore chosen freedom over a life of enslavement.
"Today 4th May is the death anniversary of Tipu Sultan - a man I admire because he preferred freedom and died fighting for it rather than live a life of enslavement,” Khan said in a Twitter post on Saturday.
This was not the first time Imran Khan had praised Tipu Sultan. Earlier in February, amid the tension between India and Pakistan, the Pakistan premier had lauded Tipu Sultan at a joint sitting of parliament for his gallantry.
"We'd heard about the two kings. One is Tipu Sultan and other is Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. But our hero is Tipu Sultan, who used to say that a lion's life for a day is preferable to a hundred years of a jackal," Khan was quoted by The News International then as saying.
Popularly known as Tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan fought in the fourth Anglo-Mysore War against the British and died in 1799 at the age of 48, while defending Srirangapatna where he most famously said that, "It is Better to live one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep."
He is credited with developing an early, indigenous rocket known as the Mysorean rocket, a prototype of British Congreve rockets used in the Napoleonic wars. Former President A P J Abdul Kalam had mentioned Tipu Sultan the innovator of the world's first war rocket. (UNI)