Muhammad Azam Khan

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Azam Khan Khalil
Birth name Muhammad Azam Khan
Nickname(s) M. A. Khan
Born 1908[1]
Mathra, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, British India
Died 1994 (86 years old)
Lahore
Allegiance  British Raj
 Pakistan
Service/branch  British Indian Army (1929 - 1947)
Flag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army (1947 - 1962)
Years of service 1929-1962
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Commands held 25th Brigade
10th Division
Eastern Military High Command
I Strike Corps
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Lahore Operation

Lieutenant General Muhammad Azam Khan (1908–1994) was a senior general of the Pakistan army who was a minister under General Ayub Khan, the first military ruler of Pakistan. Azam Khan was also a former Governor of East Pakistan.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on 1 August 1908 in Mathra, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, British India,[3] he attended the Rashtriya Indian Military College then the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and was commissioned a second lieutenant on the Unattached List for the Indian Army on 29 August 1929.[1][4]

Career[edit]

He started his career being attached to the Rifle Brigade for a year then he joined the Indian Army 1 November 1930 and was posted to the 4th battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment, he was promoted Captain 1 August 1938 and appointed Adjutant 6 December 1939.[5] By October 1942 he was serving with 6th battalion, 19th Hyderabad Regiment and had attended a war time staff course.[6] By April 1944 he was a war substantive Major attached to the 10th Baluch Regiment,[7] he was appointed temporary Lt-Col and was the commanding officer of 9th battalion 10th Baluch Regiment from May 1945 to April 1946.[8] He was promoted Major 29 August 1946.[9]

He fought in Arakan, Burma in World War Two. By 1947, he was an Assistant Quarter Master General, on partition and the creation of Pakistan he opted for the Pakistan Army.

On 1 January 1948, he was appointed Brigadier and commander of the 25th Brigade;[10] in January 1950, he was promoted to Major General and command of 10th Division at Lahore[11] Four years later he was promoted to Lieutenant General.[1]

He was the General officer commanding (GOC) of Lahore Garrison and was appointed Martial law administrator in 1953,[1] as the GOC he oversaw the suppression of anti-Ahmadiyya violence following the Lahore riots of 1953.[12] He later served as the top army commander in East Pakistan before joining Ayub Khan's military regime, he helped Ayub Khan in his coup d'état in 1958. On 28 October 1958 he was made a senior Minister for Refugees Rehabilitation in Ayub Khan's administration.[1]

Popular governor of East Pakistan[edit]

He was appointed as the Governor of East Pakistan province on 14 April 1960, he was a well-liked governor in East Pakistan. "Azam Khan acquired the love and respect of the people of East Pakistan by his personal behaviour and free mixing with all classes of people."[1] There were reported rumors back then that president Ayub Khan was upset by the great popularity of the governor and felt threatened by it. Ayub Khan saw him as his potential rival of the future.[13]

He remained in office until 1962, during the presidential election of 1964. Azam Khan "supported the presidential candidacy of Fatima Jinnah" and continued to work strongly against Ayub Khan until after the latter's ouster.[14]

President of Pakistan Olympic Association[edit]

Death[edit]

He died in Lahore, Pakistan in 1994.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Khan, Lt. General Mohammad Azam - Banglapedia". en.banglapedia.org. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "BANGABHABAN - The President's House of Bangladesh". bangabhaban.gov.bd. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  3. ^ April 1940 Indian Army List
  4. ^ April 1940 Indian Army List
  5. ^ April 1940 Indian Army List
  6. ^ October 1942 Most secret edition Indian Army List
  7. ^ April 1944 Indian Army List
  8. ^ History of The Baloch Regiment 1939-1946 by Major-General Rafiuudin Ahmed, p256
  9. ^ April 1947 Army List
  10. ^ The Pakistan Army 1947-49 by Major-General Shaukat Riza, p179
  11. ^ The Pakistan Army 1947-49 by Major-General Shaukat Riza, p183
  12. ^ General Azam Khan's role in 1953 Lahore riots, Dawn newspaper, Updated 21 November 2013, Retrieved 8 June 2017
  13. ^ Popularity of General Azam Khan in East Pakistan in the 1960s, Dawn newspaper, Published 17 May 2012, Retrieved 8 June 2017
  14. ^ Baxter, Craig; Syedur Rahman; Syedur Rahman (2003). Historical dictionary of Bangladesh. Scarecrow Press. p. 49. 
  15. ^ General Azam Khan as president of Pakistan Olympic Association, Remembering General Azam Khan on defence.pk website, Retrieved 8 June 2017
Military offices
Preceded by
Office established
Unified Commander of Eastern Military High Command
11 April 1960 – 11 May 1962
Succeeded by
RAdm Muzaffar Hassan
Political offices
Preceded by
Zakir Husain
Governor of East Pakistan
1960 – 1962
Succeeded by
Ghulam Faruque Khan