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Asghar Khan
اصغر خان
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Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Air Force
In office
23 July 1957 – 22 July 1965
President Iskander Mirza
Ayub Khan
Preceded by AVM Arthur McDonald
Succeeded by Air Marshal Nur Khan
President of Pakistan International Airlines
In office
20 August 1965 – 31 November 1968
Preceded by Arthur McDonald
Succeeded by Air Marshal Nur Khan
Chairman of the Tehrik-e-Istiqlal
In office
29 June 1970 – 12 December 2011
Merged with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded by Imran Khan
Personal details
Born
Mohammad Asghar Khan

(1921-01-17)17 January 1921
Jammu, Kashmir, British Indian Empire
Died 5 January 2018(2018-01-05) (aged 96)
Abbottabad, Pakistan
Citizenship United KingdomBritish Subject (1921–1947)
 Pakistan (1947–)
Political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf
Other political
affiliations
Tehrik-e-Istiqlal
Children Nasreen Asghar Khan
Shereen Asghar Khan
Omar Asghar Khan
Ali Asghar Khan
Residence Abbottabad
Alma mater Royal Air Force College
Indian Military Academy
Occupation administrator
politician
Profession fighter pilot
Military service
Nickname(s) Night Flyer
Allegiance  United Kingdom
 Pakistan
Branch/service Flag of the United Kingdom Air Force United Kingdom Air Force
Flag of the Pakistan Air Force Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1940–1965
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Air Marshal (Lieutenant-General)
Unit No. 9 Squadron Griffins
Commands Pakistan Air Force Academy
No. 1 Stryker Group, Peshawar AFB
Directorate-General for the Air Operations (DGAO)
Precision Engineering Complex
Assistant Chief of Air Staff
Battles/wars World War II
Burma Campaign 1944–1945
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947

Air Marshal Asghar Khan (17 January 1921 – 5 January 2018) was Pakistani politician, aviation historian, peace activist, and retired three star rank air force general.

Khan served as the first native Commander in Chief of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) under President Iskander Mirza (1956–59) and under President Ayub Khan until resigning in 1965 before the start of the air operations of the PAF during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.

In 1970, Asghar Khan founded the secular party, the Tehrik-e-Istiqlal, but performed poorly in 1970 parliamentary elections.

Khan died on 5 January 2018 in Abbottabad, Pakistan of complications from Parkinson's disease at the age of 96.

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