Yahya Khan

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Agha Mohammad Yahya Khan Qizilbash,[1] H.Pk, HJ, S.Pk, psc (Urdu: آغا محمد یحیی خان; February 4, 1917 – August 10, 1980) was the third President of Pakistan from 1969 to 1971, following the resignation of Ayub Khan. He had one son, Ali Yahya and one daughter, Yasmeen Khan.[2]


Early life

Yahya Khan was born in Chakwal, Pakistan,[3][4] in 1917. Even if he is generally seen as a Pashtun, he was born in an ethnic Shia Islamic Qizilbash family of Persian descent who could trace their military links to the time of Nadir Shah, and who escaped from Iran to today's Pakistan after the latter's defeat.[5]

Army career

Yahya Khan, H.Pk, HJ, S.Pk, psc joined the British Army, and served in World War II as an officer in the 4th Infantry Division (India). He served in Iraq, Italy, and North Africa.

Yahya Khan was commissioned from Indian Military Academy Dehra Dun on 15 July 1939. An infantry officer from the 4/10 Baluch Regiment, Yahya saw action during World War II in North Africa where he was captured by the Axis Forces in June 1942 and interned in a prisoner of war camp in Italy from where he escaped in the third attempt.

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