Famous Pakistani Military Leaders

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Yahya Khan
(Former President of Pakistan)
Yahya Khan
Birthdate: February 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Punjab, Pakistan
Died: August 10, 1980

A descendant of Persian ruler Nāder Shah, Yahya Khan started his career as a military man during World War II. At 34, following his participation in Pakistan’s war against India over Kashmir, he became Pakistan’s youngest brigadier general. He took over as the president in 1969 and imposed martial law.

Pervez Musharraf
Birthdate: August 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Daryaganj, New Delhi

Pervez Musharraf is a former Pakistani President and army chief who overthrew his country’s elected government in a coup to assume power as its chief executive. Kargil infiltration, confrontation with India and a steep rise in Pakistan’s GDP marked the presidency of the now-retired four-star general. He was awarded capital punishment for treason, but the court order was annulled later.

Tikka Khan
(Pakistan's 1st Chief of Army Staff (1972 - 1976))
Tikka Khan
Birthdate: July 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rawalpindi
Died: March 28, 2002

Tikka Khan, first Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, is noted for his military service during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. He is regarded as one of the chief architects of the 1971 Bangladesh genocide. His role in the Operation Searchlight led the Time magazine to dub him as the Butcher of Bengal.      

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Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi
(Former Pakistani Military General Who Led the Pakistani Army in the Bangladesh Liberation War)
Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi
Birthdate: 1915 AD
Birthplace: Lahore
Died: February 1, 2004
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
(Former President of Pakistan)
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
Birthdate: August 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jalandhar, Punjab, British India
Died: August 17, 1988
Pakistani military general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq became the president of Pakistan after he deposed the erstwhile prime minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and declared martial law in 1977. He subsequently became longest-tenured head of state, reigning from 1978 to 1988. He died in a plane crash in Bahawalpur.
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
(8th Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan (2007 – 2013))
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
Birthdate: April 20, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jhelum

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is a Pakistani retired army general best known for his service as the Chief of Army Staff from 2007 to 2013. Kayani also served as the Directorate-General of Military Operations and the Director-General of ISI, overseeing war efforts in the Global War on Terrorism. In 2012, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was named in Forbes’ most powerful person list.