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Rahimuddin Khan

Rahimuddin Khan

A retired four star general of Pakistani Army, a man of Honor recognized as Rahimuddin Khan. His birth place is Kaimdanj, United Provinces, India. He was the student of Jamia Millia Islamia University located in Delhi, which was founded by his relative Dr. Zakir Hussain and was later acquired by an Indian President. He was also the son in law of Dr. Mahmud Hussain brother of Zakir Hussain. From 1984 to 1987, he served as a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and in 1987 served as governor of Baluchistan and resigned in 1984. He played a vital role in concluding the 1973 operation in Baluchistan and accredited with unparalleled expansion.


During the Soviet war in Afghanistan he controversially concealed the Afghan mujahedeen entering the province. Later in 1988, he served as a Governor of Sindh. In 1947, during partition he was opted as a Gentleman Cadet-1 of the Pakistan Military Academy. During 1953 Lahore riots, as a captain he implemented martial law in the city. Rahimuddin Khan attended Command and Staff College in Quetta and Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Before the Indo-Pak war of 1965, he was hospitalized for months due to his broken ankle. He was also chosen as a sub-martial law proprietor to Hyderabad in 1969. He was Chief trainer in National Defence College, Rawalpindi and Armed Forces War College until 1975.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Maulana Kausar Niazi both wanted Him to supervise the new nuclear program and Atomic Energy Commission but was rejected. In 1984, he was appointed as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee by General Zia-ul-haq and got the retirement in 1987. In 1973, a military operation was commenced against separatists in Baluchistan by Prime Minister Bhutto declaring thousands of lives. On 16th September 1978, he was appointed as a Governor of Baluchistan.  He broadcasted a general pardon for battalions eager to give up arms and affirmed an end to the operation by 1979 the army departure was concluded.  Foreign Policy Centre detained that “the province’s ethnic sardars were taken out of the pale of political affairs for the first time under Rahimuddin governance.


During the regime of corrupt Zia and Ghulam Ishaq, he gained an image of a clean leader. For the first time Sui gas was directly provided to Quetta and other Baloch towns through Sui Gas Field under his governance. Due to the expansion of electricity the vast areas of Quetta and Loralai were converted from sub-oil water to fertile ones, He also merged the controversial amalgamation of Gwadar into Baluchistan, reported as a district in 1977. Rahimuddin endorsed a large-scale development and speculation in transportation even with resistance from finance minister Ghulam Ishaq Khan which led to the provincial GDP growth intensifying to the maximum in the history of Baluchistan.

As the literacy rate was near to the ground in the country, he provided free recourses to the education by forming girls incentive programs and built quiet a lot, girl’s school in Dera Bugti District. More over, the erection of nuclear test sites in Chungai was also examined by him, and the test were later concluded in 1998. He was an honest ruler but Zia regime aided the anti-communist, Afghan Mujahedeen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan and millions of Afghans refugees crossed the border of Baluchistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Afghan migrant are considered to be the largest refugee population in the world. In KP, Zia and General Fazle Haq allowed the mujahedeen to freely cross the border with weapons and heroin. In Baluchistan, Rahimuddin Khan took the mujahedeen into custody and detained them in barbed wire military camps. After the criticism made by Pakistani human rights agencies several battalion were purportedly transported back into Afghanistan by force. Among Afghans Pakistan’s Baluchistan policy became highly unpopular. The transaction of drugs and weapons remained stumpy in the province as compare to Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

A terrorist organization led by Murtaza Bhutto named as Al-Zulfikar, hijacked a Pakistan International Airline in March 1981, which was travelling from Karachi to Kabul. The hijackers threatened to assassinate hostages if state authorities did not liberate definite political prisoners, but AL-Zulfikar shot and killed Captain Tariq Rahim upon the authorities’ refusal but it was a mistake as Captain Tariq Rahim was erroneously believed to be the son of General Rahimuddin Khan. The chapter ended when Zia-ul-haq released the prisoners.


In 1988, Zia was released from his government and Rahimuddin became the civilian Governor of Sindh. To deal with corruption he dismissed numerous police and civil servants, as well as Z.A. Nizami from the Karachi Development Authority. Due to his heavy handed strategy he was criticized by Zia and PPP regime as he instigated an atrocious police crackdown on land mafia, this practice was soon clogged by the government after his resignation. On 17 August, Zia died in an air crash and soon after his death Ghulam Ishaq Khan became the acting President and reintroduced the Chief Minister of Sindh office but Rahimuddin reconciled in response.

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  1. Wish we had people like General Rahim who know how to be strict with the land mafia types and be progressive to development

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