of Pathan Presidents
sent by Taimur Khan
Syed Ahmad Khan
Syed Ameer Ali
Liaquat Ali Khan
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Begum Shah Nawaz
Choudhary Rahmat Ali
Chaudhary Muhammad Ali
Feroz Khan Noon
Muhammad Ali Bogra
I. I. Chundrigar
H. S. Suhrawardy
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Sheikh Mujibur Rehman
Muhammad Ayub Khan
Gen. M. Zia-ul-Haq
Muhammad Khan Junejo
Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi
Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari
Malik Meraj Khalid
Mian M. Nawaz Sharif
Muhammad Rafiq Tarar
Gen. Pervez Musharraf
Muhammad Yahya Khan was born at Chakwal in February 1917.
His father, Saadat Ali Khan, was actually from Peshawar.
After finishing his studies at the Punjab University, Yahya
Khan joined the Indian Military Academy at Dehra Dun. He
was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1938. His early postings
were in the North-West Frontier Province. During World War
II, he performed his duties in North Africa, Iraq and Italy.
After independence, Yahya Khan played a major role in setting
up Pakistan Staff College at Quetta. During the war of 1965,
he commanded an infantry division. He was appointed Commander-in-Chief
of Pakistan Army in 1966 with the rank of General.
1969, when the situation went out of Ayub Khans control
due countrywide agitation, the President decided to hand
over power to the Army Chief, General Yahya Khan. Yahya
Khan immediately after getting powers declared Martial Law
in the country on March 25 1969 and assumed the title of
Chief Martial Law Administrator. He terminated the constitution
and dissolved National and Provincial Assemblies and Governments.
On March 31, he also became President of the Islamic Republic
military rulers who ruled Pakistan, Yahya Khan was not interested
in prolonging his rule. Immediately after taking the charge
of the country, Yahya Khan started looking for the options
through which he could hand over power to the elected representatives.
On March 29 1970, through an Ordinance, he presented an
interim constitution: The Legal Framework Order. The Legal
Framework Order was actually a formula according to which
the forthcoming elections were to be organised. It goes
to the credit of Yahya Khan that the first General Elections
in the history of Pakistan were held during his regime.
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