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    Air Marshal(Retd) Asghar Khan & Zubeda Apa passed away

    Air Marshal (retired) Asghar Khan, Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) first native commander-in-chief, has died of a cardiac arrest in Rawalpindi on Thursday morning.and Pakistan’s television personality and chef Zubaida Apa breathed her last on Thursday night at the age of 72. “Zubaida Apa passed away after brief illness. Her funeral will be held at Sultan Masjid [in DHA area of Karachi] after Friday prayers,” her brother, Anwar Maqsood, told media.

    According to South Punjab News, the former air chief of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was undergoing treatment for a chest infection at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Rawalpindi.
    His funeral will be held at Chaklala Air Base later today and at the Abbottabad Nawa Shahar Ground on Saturday after which he will be laid to rest in his hometown Nawa Shahar.
    Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi expressed deep grief and sorrow over the death of Air Marshal (R) Asghar Khan. Paying tribute to his services for the country, he prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and grant of courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.
    Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman also expressed sorrow and condolences on Khan’s demise. Aman said that with courage and bravery, Khan headed the disciplined air force of the country.
    Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa also expressed grief on the sad demise of former Air Chief Asghar Khan.Former president Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman also condoled the nation on the death of Khan in their respective messages.Khan was born on January 17, 1921, in Jammu and Kashmir. In 1940, he graduated from the Royal Indian Military College Dera, and in the same year, Khan was hired as the Commissioned Officer at the 9th Royal Deccan Hours.

    In 1944, Khan served as a flight commander in Burma and later took part in the Burma war. Moreover, he was also designated the charge to carry out air strikes at the Japanese army. In 1945, Khan was made the squadron leader. He went to Britain in 1946 and was trained in flying jet aircraft.
    After the inception of Pakistan, Khan rendered administrative duties at the Pakistan Air Force College Risalpur. He welcomed Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his arrival in Risalpur. Khan was made the group captain in 1949, and in the same capacity, he undertook the charge of air operations.
    He was awarded by the Royal Airforce Staff College Britain for his exceptional performances. Khan was made the Air Vice Marshal in 1957 at the age of 36, and in 1958 became Air Marshal and was awarded Hilal Quaid-e-Azam and Hilal Pakistan accolades.
    Zubaida Tariq came to prominence in the late 90s due to her recipes and home remedies or totkas. She was regarded as a cooking mentor and thousands of people learned cooking by watching her shows.

    Her death flooded social media with condolence messages in which prominent personalities, politicians, writers, poets and actors expressed grief and sorrow over her demise.
    Born to an Urdu-speaking family at Hyderabad Deccan in United India in 1945, she migrated to Pakistan along with other family members when she was just two years old.
    Her famous siblings included playwright Fatima Surayya Bajiya and poetess Zehra Nigah. Her brother Anwar Maqsood is also one of the leading satirists of the country. But while her siblings excelled in different areas of literature, Zubaida chose for herself the art of cooking.
    She also worked on many TV show and radio programmes.
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