Inamul Haque Khan

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Inamul Haque Khan
Inamul Haque.png
Interior Minister of Pakistan
In office
14 January 1978 – 5 July 1978
Preceded byAbdul Qayyum Khan
Succeeded byMahmoud Haroon
Minister of Housing and Works
In office
Prime MinisterNawaz Sharif
In office
Minister for Water and Power
In office
Ambassador of Pakistan to Croatia
In office
Minister of Information and Broadcasting
In office
Personal details
Born(1927-05-25)25 May 1927
Delhi, British India
(Present-day Delhi in India)
Died10 August 2017(2017-08-10) (aged 90)
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Resting placePAF Base Nur Khan
Nationality Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Muslim League (N)
Alma materNational Defence University
(MSc in War studies)
Aligarh Muslim University
(B.A., M.A. in Eng Lit.)
Military service
Allegiance Pakistan
Branch/service Pakistan Air Force
Years of service1949–84
RankAM Pakistan Air Force.pngUS-O9 insignia.svg Air Marshal
CommandsPAF Base Dacca
Cmdnt Air War College
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
AwardsHilal-e-Jurat.png Hilal-e-Jurat
Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Sitara-e-Imtiaz.pngSitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)

Air Marshal Inamul Haque Khan HJ HI(M) SI(M) (Urdu: إنعام الحـــق خان ; 25 May 1927 – 10 August 2017) was a three-star air officer in the Pakistan Air Force who is known for his role as AOC of the Dacca airbase of the Pakistan Air Force.

In 1971, Inamul Haque Khan, as Air Commodore, was one of the highest-ranking officers to be taken as a prisoner of war by India after Eastern Command's Commander Lieutenant-General A.A.K. Niazi signed an instrument of surrender with Indian Army's Eastern Command GOC-in-C, Lieutenant-General Jagjit Singh Aurora.

After his repatriation in 1974, he continued to serve in the Air Force with distinction, and eventually joined President General Zia-ul-Haq's administration where he held many cabinet ministries.


Inamul Haque Khan was born in Delhi in India, into an Urdu-speaking family on 23 May 1927.: 1 [1] He was educated at the Aligarh Muslim University where he attained his BA and MA in English literature and briefly tenured as professor of English at the Zakir Husain Delhi College from 1945–47.: 28 [1][2]

In 1948, he emigrated to Pakistan, following the partition of India and joined the Pakistan Air Force after seeing an advertisement. Inamul was directed to attend the RPAF College at Risalpur.: 68 [1] He graduated in the class of 5th GD pilot course.[3][4]

He participated well in the Indo-Pakistani air war during the second war with India in 1965 as Group-Captain, earning recognition as an ace fighter.: 76 [1][5] He continued his lectures on English literature, serving in the faculty at the Islamia College.: 68–69 [1]

In 1969, he was promoted to one star rank, Air Commodore, in the Pakistan Air Force and was stationed in East Pakistan.: 88–89 [1] In June 1971, he took over as the air officer commanding Dacca airbase from Air Commodore M.Z Masud.[6] As the war progressed, Air Cdre. Haque was instrumental in getting almost all PAF pilots and their aircraft out of Dacca after the Dhaka Airport was permanently damaged by the Indian Air Force, and had all the air force pilots flown out to Burma.[7] Though it was initially thought that the army aviation's evacuation by air was not possible due to the air superiority enjoyed by the IAF, he also provided his expertise to army aviation pilots to fly out the army helicopters with remaining PAF pilots.[7] He himself, however, stuck to his post till the end of the war and then was taken as a prisoner of war by the Indian Army in 1971.[7]

In 1974, Inamul Haque was repatriated to Pakistan under the agreement signed with India and Bangladesh, and was allowed to continue his service, eventually attaining the three-star rank in the Air Force.: 101–105 [1] Air Vice Marshal Haq had been appointed as the ACAS (Operations) at the Air AHQ, and later commanded Air Defence Command as its AOC-in-C with a three-star rank, Air Marshal.[8] His command assignment also included as Director General Joint Staff at JS HQ.[8]

Air Mshl Haque was appointed as Interior Minister in the Zia administration until 5 July 1978. From 1978-82, he served as the Minister of Housing and Works.[9] In 1980-81, he also led the Ministry of Water and Power.[10] In 1981, he was posted on a diplomatic assignment as an envoy to Croatia until 1985.[11]

From 1997–99, he remained part of the cabinet of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif but eventually retired.: 201 [1] Air Marshal Inamul Haque died of natural causes on the 10 August 2017 at the age of 90 after being ill for quite some time. His funeral prayers were held at PAF Base Noor Khan on 11 August with full military honours.[12][13]

Awards and decorations[edit]

PAF GD(P) Badge RED (More than 3000 Flying Hours)

(Crescent of Courage)

1971 War



(Crescent of Excellence)



(Star of Excellence)


(General Service Medal)

1. 1965 War Clasp

2. 1971 War Clasp

Sitara-e-Harb 1965 War

(War Star 1965)

Sitara-e-Harb 1971 War

(War Star 1971)

Tamgha-e-Jang 1965 War

(War Medal 1965)

Tamgha-e-Jang 1971 War

(War Medal 1971)

Tamgha-e-Sad Saala Jashan-e-


(100th Birth Anniversary of

Muhammad Ali Jinnah)



(Republic Commemoration Medal)


Hijri Tamgha

(Hijri Medal)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Haq, Inamul (1999). Memoirs of Insignificance. Lahore: Dar-ut-Tazkeer. p. 276. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. ^ Inamul Haq (1999). Memoirs of Insignificance. Dar-ut-Tazkeer. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  3. ^ "جنگی ہیرو ائیر مارشل(ر)انعام الحق وفات پاگئے". روزنامہ جنگ. روزنامہ جنگ. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  4. ^ "PAF war hero Air Marshal (R) Inamul Haq dies aged 90". 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  5. ^ Haq, Inamul (1999). Excerpts II.
  6. ^ Haque, Inamul. "Saga of PAF in East Pakistan – 1971 : Planet Earth". Planet earth. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Khan, Sher (February 2001). "Last Flight from East Pakistan". Defence Journal. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ a b "PAF war veteran Air Marshal Inam-ul-Haque passes away". Associated Press Of Pakistan. Associated Press. Associated Press. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  9. ^ Joint Communiques: 1977-1997. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan. 1998. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  10. ^ Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments. Central Intelligence Agency, Directorate of Intelligence. 1981. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  11. ^ Daily Report: South Asia. Foreign Broadcast Information Service. 1983. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  12. ^ "PAF war hero Air Marshal (R) Inamul Haq dies at 90". News International. News International. 10 August 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  13. ^ Khalid, Taimour (10 August 2017). "PAF War Veteran Air Marshal Inam-ul-Haque Passes Away | Pakistan Point". Pakistan Point. Pakistan Point. Pakistan Point. Retrieved 10 August 2017.

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