First commander in chief of PAF Air Marshal Asghar Khan passes away

05 Jan, 2018 12:55 pm

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Former Chief of Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshal Asghar Khan passed away on Friday at CMH in Rawalpindi after a protracted illness. He was 97.

According to his family sources, Namaz-e-Janaza would be offered at Nawan Shehr in Abbottabad on Saturday (tomorrow).

Retired Air Marshal Asghar Khan was a veteran politician, aviation historian and first native commander in chief of Pakistan Air Force.

Asghar Khan, who became the head of PAF at the age of 35, was going to turn 97 on January 17, this year.

Asghar Khan was also founder of Tehrik-e-Istiqlal Pakistan, a political party, which was once a mainstream political party in Pakistan and a member of an opposition alliance that had launched protest movement against Zulfikar Ali Bhutto-led Pakistan People’s Party in late 70s.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his grief on the demise of former Air Chief, Air Marshal Asghar Khan, who passed away on Friday.

In a message issue by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor, the COAS said that Air Marshal Asghar Khan was an ionic soldier, who will be remembered for his historic contributions for laying foundations of a strong Pakistan Air Force. May Allah bless his soul.

On the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Air Marshal retired Asghar Khan.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan.

Paying tribute to his services for the country, the prime minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and grant of courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.


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