Pakistan is observing first death anniversary of the first native commander-in-chief of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Marshal retired Asghar Khan today (Jan 5).
Born into a military family, Asghar Khan briefly served as an officer in the Indian Army before being deputed to the Royal Indian Air Force as a military adviser in 1941. After the partition of India in 1947, he chose to join the Pakistan Air Force and subsequently secured promotion as a three star rank air force general where he was appointed to command the air force at the age of 36 in 1959– the youngest officer at the command level in the military at that time.
Asghar Khan passed away on 5 January 2018, two weeks shy of his 97th birthday. The government of Pakistan buried him with full state honours and he was given a state funeral, the fifth such funeral in the history of the nation.
Asghar Khan Case is still continued in Supreme court, even after request of Federal Investigation agency to close the case. Khan had petitioned the Supreme Court in 1996 alleging that the two senior army officers and the then-president had tried to ensue Benazir Bhutto’s defeat in the 1990 polls and they Divide Rs140 million among several politicians. In 1996, Khan had written a letter to the then Supreme Court Chief Justice Nasim Hassan Shah about the unlawful disbursement of public money and its misuse for political purposes. The 2012 apex court judgment, authored by the then-Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, had directed the Federal Investigation Agency to initiate a investigation.
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17 November, 2019