AIR MARSHAL MALIK NUR KHAN: THE LEGEND IS NO MORE
ISLAMABAD 16 December 2011:
Air Chief Marshal, Rao Qamar Suleman, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force has expressed his extreme grief on the demise of PAF legend, a national icon and one of the founding fathers of the modern Pakistan Air Force, the Former Commander-in-Chief of Pakistan Air Force, Air Marshal Malik Nur Khan. The Air Chief further said in his message that Air Marshal Malik Nur Khan very ably and bravely led a small Air Force from the front to achieve a resounding victory against the Indian Air Force four times larger than its own size in 1965 war. He was taken as the beacon of inspiration for all ranks and files of Pakistan Air Force.
Air Marshal Malik Nur Khan was born on 22nd February, 1923, at Tamman, District Attock in a family with distinctive military traditions. After completing his education at Aitcheson College in Lahore, he joined British Indian Air Force in January, 1941 at the age of 18 as a fighter pilot.
After creation of Pakistan in 1947, he was transferred to the Royal Pakistan Air Force. He held various appointments, including the command of PAF Base Lahore, Chaklala, PAF PAF College, Risalpur, PAF Base Peshawar and Mauripur.
Air Marshal Malik Nur Khan was seconded to PIA in March, 1959 as Managing Director, where he worked till 21 July, 1965 and then replaced Air Marshal Asghar Khan as the PAF Commander-in-Chief. He was sixth Commander-in-Chief of the PAF at the age of 42. He served as PAF Commander-in-Chief till 31 August, 1969.
He later served as the Governor of West Pakistan and president of Pakistan hockey Federation, Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Squash Federation.
He was a highly decorated officer and a recipient of Hilal-e-Jurat, Sitara-e-Pakistan and Sitara-e-Quaid-i-Azam. He was also awarded the Order of Istiqlal (2nd Class) by the King of Jordan, and decorated as Commander of the National Order of the Cedars by the President of Lebanon and Grand Officer in the order of Range Nassau with Swords by the Dutch Government.