Iftikhar Khan Janjua

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Iftikhar Khan Janjua
Died December 9, 1971 Kashmir
Allegiance Pakistan Pakistan
Service/branch Flag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army
Years of service 1943–1971
Rank Major General
Unit 10th Battalion The Baloch Regiment
Commands held 10 Baloch
6 Brigade
6 Armoured Division
23 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.

1971 War[edit]

Main article: Battle of Chamb

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.[1] He was badly burned and was evacuated to Combined Military Hospital Kharian Cantt. Iftikhar Khan Janjua Road is named after him in Rawalpindi, Cannt.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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 [1] July 25, 2006 - pp. 46–47 mention death of Iftikhar Janjua.


  1. ^ News article in Jang

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