Former Ambassador to Tanzania Major General (retd) M Nasrullah Khan passed away in Karachi on Tuesday. He was 94. He is survived by three sons — Brig (retd) Naveed Nasar Khan, Azhar M Khan and Ayaz Khan — a daughter — Romana — and grandchildren.
Born in South India, he joined the Royal Indian Military Academy Dehradun, before being inducted in the 4/16 Punjab Regiment, which was part of the 8th Indian Army division during the Battle of Cassino in Italy during World War II.
Later, as an officer in the Pakistan Army, He commanded the second East Bengal Regiment in 1960-62 in Jessor, East Pakistan, and the infantry brigades in Muzaffarabad and Kharian Cantt.
He was the chief instructor in the Quetta Staff College between 1969 and 1970.
After being promoted to Major General, he commanded 15 Division Sialkot between 1970 and 1971. His last military posting was as military secretary at General Headquarters from 1971-75.
After retiring in 1975, Gen Khan served as Pakistan’s ambassador to Tanzania, Zambia and Madagascar from 1975-79.
His soyem will be held on Thursday (today) between Asr and Maghrib at his residence in Karachi, 10/1, 9th Zamzama street, Phase V, DHA.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.