Former Air Marshal Asghar Khan dies at 96

ISLAMABAD(Online): The first Commander-in-chief of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Marshal Asghar Khan passes away at the age of 96 after a prolonged illness in Islamabad today.

According to his family, his funeral prayers will be offered on Saturday in Abbottabad where he will be laid to rest.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan said, “Saddened to learn of Air Chief Marshal Asghar Khan’s death early this morning. He transformed the PAF and was a man of steadfast principles and integrity. My prayers and condolences go to his family.”

The PAF Academy Risalpur was named after him In March 2017.

This file photo shows Asghar Khan at the unveiling of the plaque of the PAF Academy Asghar Khan.

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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People on twitter also expressed grief over Khan’s death

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