General Rani

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Akleem Akhtar, otherwise known as Aqleem Akhtar, General Rani or Ra'annie Yahya Kahn (died 2002), was a Pakistani power broker, brothel owner,[1] and close to General Yahya Khan during his reign (1969–71).

Early life[edit]

Akhtar was born in Gujrat in Punjab, Pakistan in 1931 or 1932.[2] She married a boy known as Muhammad Asif S/o Muhammad Salahuddin, inhabitant of North Karachi (sector 11-L), much older than herself.[1] When on holiday in Murree, Akhtar removed her naqab in defiance of her husband and told him she was going to live her own life.[1]

The dramatic conclusion of Akhtar's marriage was a turning point in her life. In a May 2002 interview with Newsline, Akhtar stated:

“I was determined to beat men at their own game. Since my husband was in the police, I had been observing men in positions of power throughout my married life and I had realised that all men in positions of power needed a vent and the vent they require the most is a bedmate provided through a reliable agency. The higher a man’s position, the greater his demand.”[1]

Thus Akhtar adopted a motto of ‘miyan ki juti miyan ke sir’ which means to 'beat men at their own game'[citation needed] and started a prostitution business.[1]

Akhtar had not acquired formal skills or qualifications to support an independent career but she had come to know many rich and powerful men through frequenting clubs with her former husband.[citation needed] She met General Yahya Kan via these means and a relationship between them developed.[1]

Relation to Yahya Khan[edit]

Due to Akhtar's close association with Yahya Khan and power she exercised due to the connection she was known as General Rani (General's Queen).[citation needed] She is said to have lovingly called Yahya Kahn Agha Jan.[citation needed][citation needed] Akhtar held no official position, but she was given "full protocol".[citation needed] She denied she was Yahya Khan's "mistress" and claimed that they were merely friends.[citation needed]

Akhtar ran a brothel which, among other powerful men in Pakistan, catered to Yahya Khan.[1][3]

Personal life[edit]

Akhtar and her husband had six children together in Akhtar's early years.[citation needed]

Akhtar is the grandmother of leading pop star Fakhre Alam.[4]


In May 2002, Pakistani media reported that Akhtar was suffering from breast cancer that has metastasised in her liver and kidney.[1]

Akhtar died of cancer on 1 July 2002, aged 83 (approx), at Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Lahore.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Nasir, Ayesha (4 May 2002). "Night of the General". Newsline Online. Newsline Publications. Retrieved 17 January 2012. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "'Gen Rani' dies of cancer". 2 July 2002. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nights: Clergy rocked by madame's startling revelations". India today. Living Media India. 16 (13-24): 60. 1991. 
  4. ^ "Fakhar-e-Alam: Actor, VJ and Singer". Pakistan Herald. Gibralter Information Technologies.