Recognized for his distinguished service in the Pakistan Air Force, this military Commander in Chief also served as President of Pakistan International Airlines. A politician as well as a pilot, he founded a party called the Tehrik-e-Istiqlal.
He served in the Indian Army and the British Royal Air Force before becoming the Pakistan Air Force Academy's First Commandant.
His activism on behalf of peace and democracy earned him a Jinnah Award and the Human Rights Commission's Gold Medal.
His marriage to Amina Shamsie resulted in four children: Ali, Omar, Shereen, and Nasreen.
In 2012, he merged the secular political party he had founded with politician Imran Khan 's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party.