Abdul Rahim Khan
|Abdul Rahim Khan|
|Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Air Force|
September 1, 1969 – March 2, 1972
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
|Vice President||Nurul Amin|
|Preceded by||Nur Khan|
|Succeeded by||Zafar Chaudhry|
|Ambassador of Pakistan to Spain|
11 May 1972 – 13 April 1977
|Born||Abdul Rahim Khan
October 25, 1925
|Died||February 28, 1990
Potomac, Maryland, United States
|Citizenship||British Subject (1925–1947)
|Civilian awards|| Hilal-i-Quaid-e-Azam
|Service/branch|| Indian Air Force (1944–1947)
Pakistan Air Force (1947–1972)
|Years of service||1944–72|
|Unit||No. 7 Squadron Bandits|
|Commands||ACAS (Operations), AHQ
AOC Mauripur Air Force Base
PAF Staff College
Air Marshal Abdur Rahim Khan, (Urdu: عبدالرحیم خان ; October 25, 1925 – February 28, 1990) HJ, S.Pk, was a three-star rank air marshal who served as the last Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Air Force from 1969 until 1972.
In 1972, Khan was dismissed from the his military service by the Judge Advocate General and relieved from the command of the Air Force over the allegations of obstructing the hearings of the Hamoodur Rahman Commission. He was terminated alongside with the Pakistan Army's Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant-General Gul Hassan and Pakistan Navy's Commander-in-Chief Vice-Admiral Muzaffar Hassan. Upon succeeding by Air Chief Marshal Zafar Chaudhry as first Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force, he joined the Foreign Service and briefly served as Pakistan Ambassador to Spain till 1977.
Air Force career
Abdur Rahim Khan was commissioned in the British Indian Air Force on 5 June 1944. During his post independence service in the PAF, he was the first commander of its only jet squadron, No. 11 Squadron, and No. 9 Squadron. He became a member of MACH Buster's Club by breaking the sound barrier in United States of America, he was the first Asian to have achieved this honor. In later years he commanded Mauripur base as well as the PAF Staff College and held appointments Director of Plans and Director of Operations as well as ACAS (Operations) and later, ACAS (Administration) at the Air Headquarters. In between, he also qualified courses at the RAF Staff College, Andover and the Imperial Defence College in London.
Relations with China
Rahim Khan was married to Princess Mehrunissa Khan, the only child of the beloved but unofficial third queen of the Nawab of Rampur. They got married in London when Rahim Khan was a group captain.
Envoy of Pakistan to Spain
Air Marshal Abdur Rahim Khan was sent as an Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Spain on May 11, 1972. Lieutenant General Gul Hassan Khan as well was sent as Ambassador to Austria. Air Marshal Abdur Rahim Khan served as Ambassador until April 13, 1977, when he again resigned in protest against the rigging of elections in Pakistan by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto the Prime Minister of Pakistan and his party the Pakistan People's Party. Hence after Air Marshal Abdur Rahim Khan decided to settle down in United States of America. He lived in Potomac, Maryland until he died of renal failure on February 28, 1990.
- Open Society Archives : AIR MARSHAL'S VISIT TO PEKING REFLECTS LIVELY MILITARY CONTACTS BETWEEN CHINA AND PAKISTAN[permanent dead link]
- Mehrunissa Khan. An extraordinary life: Princess Mehrunissa of Rampur, (Blue Leaf, 2006)
- Vatsala Kaul. "The princess diaries : Mehrunissa of Rampur" Harmony Magazine, October 2004
|Commander-in-Chief, Pakistan Air Force
1969 – 1972