PM Abbasi & Chiefs of Forces attend Asghar Khan’s funeral

Islamabad(Online): Funeral of former chief of air staff Air Marshal Asghar Khan is being offered at the Nur Khan Air base today.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other government and military notable attend the state.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, Naval chief Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mehmood Hayat, and other top officials also attended the funeral.

Late Air Marshal Asghar Khan, passed away on Friday, morning will be laid to rest in his native village Nawanshehr. He died due to brief illness.

Prime Minister Abbasi had approved a state funeral for Asghar Khan, in recognition of his patriotic services and contribution to the Pakistan Air Force.

Asghar Khan’s contribution:

Asghar Khan, a World War II veteran fighter pilot, was born in Jammu and Kashmir in 1921. He originally served as an officer in the British Indian Army.

In 1957, at the age of 35, He was the first youngest Air Chief of PAF who took up his job.

In the era of Field Marshal Ayub Khan, the former head of the PAF spearheaded a movement with the intent to have Zulfikar Ali Bhutto released from jail.

He also served as the president of Pakistan International Airlines. In 1970. Khan founded Tehreek-i-Istaqlal, a secular political party.

In 2012, the party was merged with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI).

 

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