Abdul Hamid Khan (general)

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Abdul Hamid Khan
Died CMH Rawalpindi
Buried at Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1939–1971
Rank Lieutenant General
Service number PA-95
Unit Baloch Regiment
Commands held 11th Infantry Division, Lahore
I Corps, Kharian
Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Army
Battles/wars World War II
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam

Abdul Hamid Khan, (Urdu: عبد الحمید خان) HQA, SPk, SQA, was a Pakistan Army General. He was the deputy commander-in-chief, Pakistan Army under President General Yahya Khan during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War.[1]


His father belonged to Baramula district Kashmir, India. His mother was native from Burma. He was born in Burma. After the revolution in Burma in 1930s his father moved to village Sathal close to present Gugrat in Punjab, Pakistan.

Santhal became his native Village near Pahrianwali Tehsil Phalia District Mandi Bahauddin district. Still have standing their house which was built at that time in the Village. Agriculture land was sold by his Sons. Has three sons. One is industrialist, 2nd is Brigadier (Retired) and third is a Farmer.

Early career[edit]

1965 Battle of Khem Karan[edit]

During the 1965 Indo-Pakistani War, then Major General Abdul Hamid Khan served as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 11th Infantry Division at Kasur. This division in addition to 10th Infantry Division under Major General Sarfraz Khan repelled the Indian thrust at Lahore on 6 September 1965. His division captured the district of Khem Karan in Indian Punjab, though further advances were checked. He then repulsed multiple counter-attacks by the Indian Army in an effort to retake Khem Karan.[2][3]

Career in the Yahya Government[edit]

After the war, Abdul Hamid Khan was promoted to Lieutenant General and served as the commander of I Corps, then based in Kharian (it is currently based in Mangla).[4] After martial law was imposed by General Yahya Khan on 25 March 1969, Lt Gen Hamid Khan was made the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Army and Deputy Martial Law Administrator of the country.[5] During that time he briefly held the cabinet portfolio of Home Affairs for four months.

1971 Indo-Pakistan War[edit]

General Hamid, the deputy c-in-c of Army, was blamed along with General Yahya Khan for the Pakistani military debacle during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War.[6]


  1. ^ Riza, Maj Gen Shaukat. (1990). The Pakistan Army 1966-71. Rawalpindi: Services Book Club.
  2. ^ Riza, Maj Gen Shaukat. (1984). The Pakistan Army: War 1965. Rawalpindi: Services Book Club.
  3. ^ Ravi Rikhye. "The Battle of Assal Uttar: Pakistan and India 1965" Pakistan Orbat, February 24, 2002
  4. ^ "Changes in the Army High Command" British High Commission", 5 May 1966
  5. ^ Pakistan : Martial Law "Who's Who" The American Papers - Secret and Confidential India.Pakistan.Bangladesh Documents 1965-1973, March 26, 1969
  6. ^ The Report of the Hamoodur Rehman Commission of Inquiry into the 1971 War. His son Maj General Tariq Hamid was GOC Lahore and member public service commission. (2001). Lahore: Vanguard Books

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Political offices
Preceded by
Afzal Rahman Khan
Interior Minister of Pakistan
Succeeded by
Sardar Abdur Rashid Khan