Farooq Feroze Khan
Air Chief Marshal Farooq Feroze Khan (Urdu: فاروق فيروز خان; b. 17 August 1939), NI(m), HI(m), SI(m), SBt, best known as Feroze Khan, is a retired four-star rank air force general in the Pakistan Air Force who served as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, appointed in 1994 and retiring in 1997.
His career in the Air Force is subjected to distinction and achievement as he is noted as being the only air force officer whose career spanned more than 40 years of military service.:355 He is the only Air Force general to be appointed as a Chairman joint chiefs to date.[when?]
Early life and career in the military
Farooq Feroze Khan was born in Bombay, Bombay Province in British India Empire on 17 August 1939.:355–356:56–57 His family belonged to a Burki tribe of Pashtun ethnicity, hailing from Jalandhar.:357 His father, Feroze Khan, Sr., was a professional Field hockey player who was an Olympic gold medalist, playing for the Pakistan National Hockey Team for remainder of his life.:357
Feroze was educated at the PAF Public School in Sargodha where he completed his senior cambridge, and joined the Pakistan Air Force in 1956.:73–74:355–357 He was sent to attend the Pakistan Air Force Academy in Risalpur, but later selected as one of few cadets to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, United States.:355–357 Upon completing the pilot training program from the USAF Academy, Feroze gained commissioned as a P/Off. (2nd-Lt.) in the No. 9 Squadron Griffins of the Air Force]in January 1959.:72
In the United States, he was trained as a fighter pilot to fly the F-104 Starfighter on several aerial combat missions.:82 He was known for his skills while maneuvering the aircraft on a combat mode from a subsonic to supersonic speed.:82 While living in the United States, Flt-Lt. (Capt.) Feroze Khan served as an exchange officer with the United States Air Force, completing several years of aerial combat training with the American pilots.:72–148 Upon returning in 1960s, he was attached to the Royal Air Force as a military liaison officer, and flew British aircraft in their inventory.:355
In 1965, Squadron-Leader (Major) Feroze flew on his F-104 Starfighter on various combat missions against the Indian Air Force during the various combat missions during the second war with India.:82–83 After the war, Sq-Ldr. (Maj) Feroze was sent to join the No. 5 Squadron Falcons, which later formed the PAF's aerobatics team, Sherdils where he displayed his skills while flying the F-104, alongside with the F-86 Sabre flown by Capt. Cecil.
In 1966–67, Sq-Ldr. (Maj) Feroze was among the first group of fighter pilot who were sent to France for their conversion from American F-104 to French Mirage-III.:83–84 After his conversion, Maj. Feroze was posted as an air adviser to the Eastern Air Command in East-Pakistan, providing mission support to conduct combat air patrol near the Kalaikunda Air Force Station near the Eastern front of India.:204–205
War and command appointments
After the third war with India in 1971, Wing-Commander (Lt-Col.) Feroze joined the faculty of the Combat Commander's School in Sargodha Air Force Base, instructing on the methods of combat flights.:360 During this time, Wg-Cdr. (Lt-Col.) Feroze was posted in the Pakistan Armed Forces–Middle East Command, briefly commanding a fighter wing in the United Arab Emirates Air Force for nearly three years.:73
In 1982–83, Air-Commodore (Brig.) Feroze was elevated as the base commander of the Sargodha AFB, witnessing the introduction of American-built F-16s.:43 In 1984-85, Air-Cdre. (Brig.) Feroze was promoted to the two-star promotion when Air Vice-Marshal (Maj-Gen.) Feroze was appointed as AOC of the Southern Air Command based in Karachi, and later as the Central Air Command based in Sargodha.:73–74 In 1988, Maj-Gen. Feroze, serving as the DCAS (Operations) was elevated to the three-star promotion when he was appointed as the Vice Chief of Air Staff (VCAS) under ACM Hakeemullah Durrani.:72 During this time, Air-Marshal (Lt-Gen.) Feroze took interests and participation in board of inquiry that investigated the mysterious circumstances involving in the death of President Zia-ul-Haq.:156–162
Chief of Air staff
On 9 March 1991, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promoted Air-Mshl. (Lt-Gen) Feroze to the four-star general in the Pakistan Air Force, subsequently appointing the Air Chief Marshal (General) as the new Chief of Air Staff (CAS).:23 ACM (Gen.) Feroze assumed the command of the Air Force at a difficult time, when the military embargo by the United States on a suspicion of covert nuclear weapons program was enforced.:356–357 During this time, he launched the program to acquire the license to reproduced the Australian Mirage-III and induction of F-7P from China at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC).:356–357
Chairman joint chiefs
In 1994, the extension made him the most senior military officer in the Pakistani military but this became a subject of controversy in the Air Force, when many senior air force generals showed resentment towards this decision taken by the civil government at that time.:17:48 Upon the retirement of Gen. Shamim Allam on 8 November 1994, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto approved ACM (Gen.) Feroze to be elevated as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee– this was the first time when the chairmanship was rotated to the Air Force since its inception in 1976.:48–49
As Chairman joint chiefs, ACM (Gen.) Feroze attempted to procured the MiG-29F and the Su-27 aircraft from the Eastern Europe as well as Mirage 2000 from Qatar, in a view of replacing the F-16s but this was met with strong opposition from ACM (Gen.) Khattak, the air chief, who was unimpressed with the war performances of Russian fighter jets.:58–60 In 1995, Gen. Feroze Khan also provided his crucial military support and political advocacy for the development of the Shaheen program in a view keeping the second-strike capability.:89
His tenureship as Chairman joint chiefs is criticized by the defense observer in the country for not being able take steps in strengthening the role of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, and was largely seen ineffectively unable to provide any military or political advise to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and her administration on a larger extend— the void was filled by then-army chief, Gen. Jehangir Karamat.
Critics observed that ACM (Gen.) Feroze's preference of "flying solo" and his nature of working alone further complicated the matters in the military that required the comprehensive collaboration and teamwork in national security issues. According to the critical paper penned by defense analyst, Ikram Sehgal, "ACM (Gen.) Feroze marked ineffectiveness in the post of Chairman and its institution."
Upon retiring on 9 November 1997, Gen. Jehangir Karamat was eventually appointed to replace him who took the role of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee to the new height and took the four-tiered military into a responsive and efficient fighting machine in the modern 21st century. His uniform was placed in the PAF Museum in Karachi, where he was retired in his estate.:355
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| Chief of Air Staff
1991 – 1994
Shamim Alam Khan
| Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
1994 – 1997