Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan laid to rest with full state honours

06 Jan, 2018 4:50 pm

ABBOTTABAD (92 News) – Air Marshal (retd) Asghar Khan was laid to rest with full military honours in Abbotabad on Saturday.

The PAF jets gave him a salute.

Earlier, his body was brought to Nawan Shehr, Abbottabad by helicopter.

Funeral for him was offered at Noor Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi.

Prime Minster Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman Gen Zubair Mahnood Hayat, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Chief of Naval Staff Zafar Mehmood Abbasi attended the funeral for the first Pakistani head of the Pakistan Air Force.

Asghar Khan served as the first Commandant of the Royal Pakistan Air Force College at Risalpur. In July 1957, at the age of 36, he became the first Pakistani commander of the PAF. Following early retirement, he served as head of Pakistan International Airlines until 1968.

In 1970, he founded Tehreek-i-Istaqlal. In 2012, the party was merged with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insa. He was the recipient of several military and civil honours including the Sitara-i-Pakistan, the Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam, the Hilal-i-Jurat and the Hilal-i-Shujat.

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