Muhammed Akbar Khan

Muhammed Akbar Khan

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General Muhammed Akbar Khan (), OBE served as a British Indian recruit in the First World War and an officer in Second World War. Muhammed Akbar Khan was the first Muslim from the South Asia to become a General in British Indian Army. At the time of independence of Pakistan, he was the most senior Muslim General. He also served as the first ADC of the Quaid-e-Azam, Muhammed Ali Jinnah.

Muhammed Akbar Khan belonged to the Minhas Rajput clan of Chakwal.He was born in May 1897. He was the eldest child of Sirdar (Sardar) Bahadur Raja Fazal Dad Khan. He had joined the British Army as a recruit during the First World War in 5th Horse. Due to his exceptional service record, he was recommended for commission from TSIC, Indore. He was commissioned in 1/14 Punjab, but moved to ASC transport division. Before independence, he was one of the five Indian officers recommended for promotion by number one selection board (consisting of commander in chief and two senior commanders). Other officers Cariappa, Rajendra Singhji, Nathu Singh and Srinagesh went to the Indian Army. He was only one going for the Pakistan Army.

Pakistan's First General

After Independence, Muhammed Akbar Khan was allotted the number one by the Pakistan Army and hence he is regarded as the senior-most officer of the Pakistan Army. Muhammed Akbar Khan wrote many books on military strategy and Art of War by pen name of Rangroot. Muhammed Akbar Khan also has the honour of being the first ADC to Muhammed Ali Jinnah.

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