Maj. Asad Ali Khan (Pathargarh)

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Major Asad Ali Khan

Death: December 04, 1971 (26-34) (War with India December, 1971)
Immediate Family:

Husband of Private User
Father of Saad Ali Khan; Private and Zarar Ali Khan (Pathargarh)

Occupation: Officer, Pakistan Army
Managed by: Private User
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About Maj. Asad Ali Khan (Pathargarh)

Major Asad Ali Khan

(1941–1971) Third of three siblings he was born in Pathargarh Village on May 31,1941, son of Mohammad Nawaz Khan and Mumtaz Begum, both were first cousins. His parents lived in the village all their lives. He came from a typical conservative Pathan family, his father lived in the life style of landed gentry, hospitable and gracious and affectionate.

He had grown up to be this vision of a tall, handsome young man with a charming smile. Very disarming. Very deadly combination! His dominant qualities were his fertile intellect, intense loyalty to his profession and possessed undaunted courage, a fearless quality unknown in most men; he was very versatile and resilient. A born soldier, an excellent horseman and even a better shot, he had the best ‘Nishana this side of Attock’ as claimed by his close army friends, he had never missed a shot, a natural sharpshooter, loved to spend most of his leisure time hunting and going for ‘shikar’. He had grown up riding bareback horses from his father’s stables, in his spare time he was hunting, trekking on the Pathargarh Ghars or fishing by the Kala River. He had an affectionate nature, a natural wit and a ready sense of humour, as a man he was charming, happy-go-lucky type, endearing and always willing to take risks, due to his impulsive nature he mostly ended up in many accidents with broken limbs.

He had charm, ready wit and charisma, a lovable personality and a presence unique to himself. Whenever he entered a room all heads turned and there would be silence for a few seconds, either they loved him or disliked him to the utmost. He had the good looks of a young handsome Pathan man, about 6 feet tall in his shoes with a well built physique and a fair complexion, hazel eyes and thick unruly hair cropped short in the Army hair-cut. It was very hard not to notice him. He had a way with everyone, with the young people, he was witty and full of life, with the elderly he had his own way of charming them with his own brand of humour and wit. Everybody generally loved him and his exuberant company.

He loved his village and the village life, he grew up in the village and as a young man walking on the gravel road to school and back. He would greet all the villagers with a smile and a handshake as he walked along. He almost knew everyone in the village, they called him ‘Kaka Khan’, young and old respected and simply loved him as their co-villager. He would join them when offered to have a ‘garah’ of food with them while he was walking around with his gun, he would sit squatting on the bare ground and take a bite or drink the lassi offered to him, a peoples man. They let him pluck their ‘ganas’ growing in the field to suck or pick ‘baers’ from their baeri trees.

Surprisingly, Asad received his basic early education from the village Mian Baba’s ‘taat’ school and later joined the Hassan Abdal Government High School, passed his matriculation with good marks and joined Islamia College for Men, Peshawar. While in Peshawar he resided at the Butler's Hostel. He graduated in 1960 and applied for commission in the Army.

His personality and capability as an accomplished youngman was no less than any of the Burnhall or Ghora Gali boys educated in the elite institutions. He spoke English and Urdu besides his mother tongue, Hindko fluently.

He joined the military after he received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul in December of 1961. He had an outstanding stay at the military academy. “ a write up on Asad in the Kakul Academy journal described him as” Cadet 3163 Asad Ali Khan, when G.B. Shaw described a Soldier he had Asad in mind. He feels very happy when called by his nickname, “Rocky”, knowing it is the literal translation of his village Pathargarh. He believes not in understanding but “mugging up”. A unique boxer who holds the record of being disqualified every time he went in the ring” C.S.M. Nick name in PMA, “KAFAN CHOR”. He was commissioned in Pakistan Army in October 1964, cadet of the PMA 35th long course and posted to 13th Punjab Regiment based at Lahore. After receiving his commission Asad rose quickly through the ranks. He became a Major within five years after passing out from the Military Academy. Asad participated in May of 1965 as a young Lieutenant in the ‘Rann of Kutch War’ on the Sindh border. He led many successful assaults on Indian forces.

On returning he was posted to Kashmir in August 1965, just before the start of the 1965 War. This was his second War posting; he got injured at the end of this war during the third week and was admitted in the Military Hospital, Kharian Cantt. He returned to rejoin his unit after recuperating for a month on special leave. A shrapnel hit him in the groin and his face without much damage, he had survived the hit.

He was posted to Quetta on a gun course as a young Lieutenant and got into trouble with the local youngsters; soon after he was promoted as a Captain and around this time he volunteered to train as a commando in the Special Services Group. The Special Service Group aka Black Storks, is a special operations military unit of Pakistan Army, mandated with six primary missions: unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance, direct action, hostage rescue, and counter-terrorism. The SSG is an independent commando division of Pakistan Army. It is an elite special operations force. The SSG regularly conducts its exercises. He had been trained as the SSG Commando at Cherat and had a fearless quality.

Asad got married on May 3,1969 at Lahore when he was a Captain. He had three sons, his eldest son Saad Ali Khan was born on February 13, 1970 at Abbottabad, just after the birth of his second son, Zarar Ali Khan, born on April 10, 1971 at Abbottabad. Asad was transferred to Lahore soon after Zarar’s birth. His youngest son Abrar Ali Khan was born posthumously, seven months later on July 24, 1972 at Lahore. Asad was made the Company Commander in the SSG Commando 6th Battalion and distinguished himself in his short military career. He acquired varied experience in different command and instructional appointments. He served as the Instructor at PMA Kakul Military Academy for more than a year from May 1969 to April 1971. He was transferred to 29 Punjab Regiment which was stationed at Lahore on the border, just before the war broke out he was promoted to rank of a Major at the age of 29 years in1971 while still at Lahore.

He was recalled soon after becoming a Major to rejoin the SSG Commandos on special mission just before the War and he left for Cherat in October 1971 without his family. The SSG men were generally known as the men of steel, courage, the pride of Pakistan Army and Pakistan. He was killed at the start of the 1971 War with India. It was the first day of the War with India that broke out in the early hours on December 4, 1971. It was late evening while he was on reconnaissance at Hassalpur, Bhawalnagar border. His jeep was hit by a speeding oncoming passenger bus driven with lights off in the dark because of the enforced wartime blackout. He had another accident on the way to Lahore when his body was being taken to Lahore. His body was flung out under the bridge, it lay there till early next morning and the incident was reported to the police station. He was only 30 years of age at the time of his death. Major Asad Ali Khan (Shaheed) was buried in his village family graveyard at Pathargarh with full military honors. His skill in taking the enemy completely by surprise, as well as his personal leadership of his men, coolness under fire, ability to change tactics, create diversions, extricate his wounded and withdraw his men were the best course of action.

His gallantry was noticeable; he showed great leadership, judgment, quick thinking and calmness under pressure, personal leadership, bravery and complete disregard for his own personal safety.

A true soldier!

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Maj. Asad Ali Khan (Pathargarh)'s Timeline

May 30, 1941
December 4, 1971
Age 30
December 6, 1971
Age 30