Funeral prayer of former air chief Asghar Khan held

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ISLAMABAD: The funeral prayer of the former chief of air staff Air Marshal Asghar Khan was held at Nur Khan Air base on Saturday, which was attended by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and other government and military dignitaries.
Asghar Khan passed away on Friday morning.
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. Air Marshal Asghar Khan was going to turn 97 on January 17.
Prime Minister Abbasi had approved a state funeral for Asghar Khan, in recognition of his patriotic services and contribution to the Pakistan Air Force.
In 1957, Khan became the first native Commander-in-Chief of PAF.
After retiring from the PAF, he became the president of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) which he headed until 1968.
In 1970, Khan founded the Tehreek-e-Istiqlal, but the party could not dent the vote bank of other major parties of the time, such as the Pakistan Peoples Party.
He authored several books, including an autobiography, titled My Political Struggle, in 2008.
Later, Khan merged his party with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 2012.
“Air Marshal Asghar Khan headed the PAF diligently and with courage. With his leadership capabilities, he played a vital role in transforming the PAF into a modern air force,” the present Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman said in a press release.

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