Iftikhar Khan Janjua
|Iftikhar Khan Janjua|
|Died||December 9, 1971 Kashmir|
|Years of service||1943–1971|
|Unit||10th Battalion The Baloch Regiment|
|Commands held||10 Baloch
6 Armoured Division
|Battles/wars||World War II (North Africa, Sicily, Italy & Greece)
Rann of Kutch 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
|Awards||Hilal-e-Jurat & Bar, Sitara-i-Pakistan, Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam|
Major General Iftikhar Khan Janjua Shaheed, HJ & Bar, SPk, SQA, (Urdu: افتخار خان جنجوعہ) (died December 9, 1971) of the Pakistan Army is the most senior Pakistani officer to have been killed in action. He is known in Pakistan as the hero of Rann of Kutch, as he was a brigadier in command of 6 Brigade, during the fighting in April 1965 prior to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. He died in a helicopter crash, in Kashmir, while in command of 23 Infantry Division during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.
In the 1971 War, Janjua was divisional commander of 23 Infantry Division. He was assigned the task of capturing Chhamb, a strategically important town in Kashmir. The fighting around Chhamb was intensely fierce and took toll on both the advancng Pakistani troops and the fiercely resisting Indian regiments. On 9 December 1971, the first Pakistani troops entered Chhamb under the personal supervision of Janjua. His bold personality traits and willingness to be among his troops exuded a lot of confidence in his ranks. In the middle of fighting, on 9 December 1971, Janjua was killed when the light helicopter OH-13S (Sioux) in which he was travelling in was attacked by Indian troops. He was badly burned and was evacuated to Combined Military Hospital Kharian Cantt. Iftikhar Khan Janjua Road is named after him in Rawalpindi, Cannt.
Major General Eftikhar Khan's mother was a French or a German lady. His father was a barrister and the family was settled in Sargodha District. He is step brother of Major General Ijaz Amjad. He was a member of Ahmadiya Muslim Community.
- John H. Gill, An Atlas of the 1971 India - Pakistan War:The Creation of Bangladesh, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, accessed at  July 25, 2006 - pp. 46–47 mention death of Iftikhar Janjua.
- Pakdef.info Conflict in the Rann of Kutch: A trial of strength by Lt Gen (retd) Kamal Matinuddin
- Defence Journal The Battle of Chamb 1971 by Major Agha Humayun Amin