Asghar Khan, who was the first Muslim commander-in-chief of the Pakistan Air Force has passed away after a prolonged period of illness at the age of 96. he died on 5/01/2018 friday morning in Abbottabad .
The funeral prayer for his eternal peace will be offered after the Friday prayers at a Pakistan Air Force Base in Islamabad today. His funeral prayers will be offered on Saturday in Abbottabad also.
His son Ali Asghar Khan said the former Air Chief will be laid to rest on Saturday in his native village of Nawa Shehar, Abbottabad.
ASGHAR Khan is a politician, peace activist, historian, and the 5th Commander in Chief of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the first Pakistani to command this prestigious institution.
Have a look on major years of his life period from Birth to Death :
Mohammad Asghar Khan was born in Jammu, Kashmir and Jammu in British Indian Empire on 17 January 1921. His father was Brigadier Thakur Rahmatullah Khan, a Pathan officer of the Jammu & Kashmir State Forces, who was from Tirah, Northern Pakistan. His mother’s name was Ghulam Fatima.
Asghar Khan and all his brothers, except his youngest brother, joined the armed forces of Pakistan, after the family relocated to Abbottabad during partition
He was retired three star rank air force general who served as the first native Commander in Chief of the Pakistan Air Force(PAF) under President Iskander Mirza (1956–59) and under President Ayub Khan until resigning in 1965 prior to the start of the air operations of the PAF during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
Asghar Khan joined the Indian Military Academy in 1939 and was commissioned in the Royal Deccan Horse.
His army career was short lived as due to the advent of World War II, the Ministry of Defence drafted Asghar Khan in the newly established Royal Indian Air Force in 1940.
He joined No. 9 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) assuming its command in 1944, flying active missions in the Burma Campaign against the Japanese.After World War II, Asghar Khan was sent to the UK for his Staff College course at Bracknell.
Khan became the first native Commander-in-Chief of PAF.Asghar Khan became the head of PAF at the age of 35.
After retiring from the PAF, he became the president of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) which he headed until 1968.
Khan founded the Tehreek-e-Istiqlal, but the party could not dent the vote bank of other major parties of the time, such as the Pakistan Peoples Party.
He conceded his defeat but again contested in 1990 parliamentary elections from Lahore, Asghar Khan once again faced defeat. Briefly retiring from active politics in the late 1990s his party faced another one of its many splits. Since 1990, Asghar Khan has not held a significant position in politics.
Khan had petitioned the Supreme Court in 1996 alleging that the two senior army officers and the then-president Ghulam Ishaq Khan had doled out Rs140 million among several politicians ahead of the 1990 polls to ensure Benazir Bhutto's defeat in the polls.
His only son in politics Omar Asghar was murdered in 2002 yet he did not abandon fighting for principles.
He also authored an autobiography, titled My Political Struggle.
Later, Khan merged his party with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
On October 19, 2012, the apex court issued a 141-page verdict, ordering legal proceedings against former army chief General Mirza Aslam Beg and former ISI chief Lt Gen Durrani in a case filed 16 years ago by Asghar Khan.
In March 2017, The late Asghar Khan unveiling the plaque of the PAF Academy Risalpur , which was re-named after him.
In May 2017, the PTI had said it would approach the Supreme Court over the FIA's failure to follow through on the apex court's order in the case.
This Friday morning journey of his life came to an end and He passed away on 5th january 2018 .
Among the series of condolence messages on Twitter some are stated below ...
May his Soul Rest in Peace.