Tikka Khan, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Tikka Khan

Pakistani general

Date of Birth: 07-Jul-1915

Place of Birth: Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan

Date of Death: 28-Mar-2002

Profession: politician

Nationality: Pakistan

Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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About Tikka Khan

  • General Tikka Khan (Urdu: ????? ??? ?), (10 February 1915 โ€“ 28 March 2002) HJ, S.Pk, was a four-star rank army general in the Pakistan Army who served as the first chief of army staff from 3 March 1972 till retiring on 1 March 1976.Gaining commission as an artillery officer in the British Indian Army to participate in World War II in 1940, his military career commanded the infantry divisions in the war with India in 1965.
  • In 1969, he was posted to command the IV Corps while acting as martial law administrator in West Pakistan under President Yahya Khan.
  • In 1971, he took over the command of army's Eastern Command in East Pakistan and appointed as Governor of East Pakistan where he oversaw the planning and the military deployments to execute the military operations to quell the liberation war efforts by Awami League.
  • His tough rhetoric to deal with political enemies earned him the notoriety and a nickname of "Touka" (means cleaver) and was soon relieved of his command by President Yahya Khan. After commanding the II Corps in the war with India in 1971, Tikka Khan was promoted to four-star rank and appointed as the first chief of army staff of the Pakistan Army in 1972.
  • As an army chief, he provided his support to the clandestine nuclear weapons programme alongside with Ghulam Ishaq Khanโ€” a bureaucrat.
  • Upon retirement from the military in 1976, he was subsequently appointed as National Security Advisor by Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, only to be removed in 1977 as a result of enforced martial law.
  • In the 1980s, he remained active as a political worker of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and emerged as its leader when appointed as Governor of Punjab after the general elections held in 1988.
  • After Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was dismissed by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan in 1990, his tenure was terminated and was succeeded by Mian Muhammad Azhar.
  • He retired from the politics in 1990.
  • He died on 28 March 2002 and was buried with full military honours in Westridge cemetery in Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.

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