KP & FATA

Former Chief Marshal Asghar Laid to Rest in Abbottabad

Former Chief Marshal Asghar was laid to rest in the Nawanshehr graveyard. A notification issued by the federal government said that the national flag would fly at half mast on Saturday to mark the passing away of the former PAF chief.
A leading political figure of yesteryear, Khan passed away at the Combined Military Hospital early on Friday morning after a long illness. He was 96.
Khan was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on Dec 30 after his condition deteriorated, sources said. He was suffering from acute respiratory infection, dementia and ischemic heart disease.
In 1970, Khan founded Tehreek-i-Istaqlal, a secular political party and contested elections. He lost the seat. In 2012, the party was merged with the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf.
In March 2017, the PAF Academy in Risalpur was named after Khan as a tribute to the veteran.

Asghar Khan’s life was full of adventure from a pilot to a politician and a writer. His views were too idealistic and could not find conformity with general political practices in Pakis­tan. He was a firm believer in democracy, honest political culture and natural justice.