Muhammad Khan (Pakistan Army officer)

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Colonel Muhammad Khan
Native name
کرنل محمد خان
Nickname(s)Colonel M. Khan
Born1910
British India Chakwal
Died23 October 1999(1999-10-23) (aged 88–89)
Lahore, Punjab
Allegiance Pakistan
Service/branchBritish Indian Army, Pakistan Army
Years of service1930–1972
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
UnitIndian Army Corps of Signals, Pakistan Army Education Corps
Battles/wars
Other workNovelist and humorist

Colonel Muhammad Khan (1910 – 23 October 1999) was a Pakistan Army officer and a war veteran. He also served in the Indian Army of the undivided British India and was a veteran of World War II. While serving in Pakistan Army, he wrote his first book Bajung Aamad (Urdu: بجنگ آمد‎) which was a humorous autobiography. This book became extremely popular and became one of the most famous books in Urdu literature. The success of his first book earned him critically acclaimed prominence among Urdu humorists and he is considered one of the most influential authors of this genre. He was the fellow of Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi, Zamir Jafri, Shafiq-ur-Rahman.[1]

He is mostly known as Colonel Muhammad Khan to distinguish him from other bearers of this common name, despite his efforts to be recognised by his birth name. Later editions of his books show his name as just Muhammad Khan.

Biography[edit]

He was born as Muhammad Khan in the village of Balkasar which is a part of city of Chakwal, Punjab, Pakistan. He studied in Islamia College Civil Lines and when World War II broke out, he joined the British Indian Army. He served in Iraq, Egypt and Palestine. In the Western Desert, during the Second World War, he valorously fought against the Germans.

He rose to fame when he surprised the literary circles through his book Bajung Aamad. It was an autobiographical account of his life as a soldier in World War II. In 1974, he went on a tour of the UK and later published his account of the UK tour in Basalamat Ravi. Later he published another book, Bazam Arayan, a collection of semi autobiographical short stories.

Books[edit]

  • Bajang Aamad
  • Basalamat Ravi
  • Bazam Araiyan
  • Badesi Mazah
  • Tasneefat-e-Kernal Muhammad Khan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Daily Jung, 24 October 1999