Khwaja Mohammad Azhar Khan
|Khwaja Mohammad Azhar Khan|
|7th Governor of North-West Frontier Province|
1 July 1970 – 23 December 1971
|President||Agha Yahya Khan
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
|Preceded by||Qurban Ali Khan|
|Succeeded by||Hayat Mohammad Khan Sherpao|
Aligarh, British India
|Died||29 October 2006
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Allegiance|| British India
|Service/branch|| British Indian Army
|Years of service||1942–1971|
|Commands||Pakistan Army General Infantry|
World War II
Indo-Pakistani War of 1947
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Lieutenant General Khwaja Mohammad Azhar Khan (Urdu: خواجہ محمد اظہر خان) (usually shortened to K.M. Azhar) (1918 – 29 October 2006) was the chairman of the high-powered committee of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan and a former governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Lt Gen Azhar was born in Saugar, India in 1918 into the (Mian Sheikh Darvesh) Waziris and received education in Lahore and then Aligarh. He started his career as a doctor after receiving education at the King Edward Medical College. He attended the historic meeting of the All-India Muslim League in which the Lahore Resolution was adopted in 1940. Responding to a call of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah exhorting the youth to join the armed forces, he left the medical profession and got commission in the armed forces in 1942.
He defeated one division of the Indian Army with the help of only two battalions during the 1965 War and conquered 1,300 square miles (3,400 km2) area in Rajasthan and captured the Munabao Railway Station along with a large number of Indian soldiers and three tanks.
He was injured while commanding Pakistani forces on the Rajasthan front in 1971 during his tenure as the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa governor.
K.M. Azhar died at the Combined Military Hospital in Lahore on 29 October 2006 when he was admitted to the hospital after receiving a head injury while performing ablution for prayers. He was 88 and was survived by five sons and two daughters; four of the sons being graduates of Cadet College Hasan Abdal.
Upon his death in his remembrance his Waziri tribe named a mountain peak after him in South Waziristan.
Qurban Ali Khan
|Governor of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1970 – 1971