Sahibzada Yaqub Khan

‘ . . . Sahabzada also served as Pakistan’s envoy to the Soviet Union and France, and was Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar’s United Nations special representative for Western Sahara. He served as an ambassador from 1972 to 1982, under seven governments as foreign minister until 1991, and again briefly beginning in 1996.

Sahabzada demonstrated his savvy in the military sphere in 1970 when, as a lieutenant general and governor of East Pakistan, he refused a superior’s order to deploy troops to quell a mutiny there. His defiance ended his army career, but he was vindicated when his successor’s crackdown led to a massacre, Indian intervention on behalf of the insurgents and the partition of East Pakistan into what became Bangladesh.’ click here for full entry in Nauman Khan’s Biographical Directory maintained on the Salaam site.