RAWALPINDI: Lt Gen (Retd) Jahandad Khan, president of Al-Shifa Trust, a former governor of Pakistan’s Sindh province and former chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, breathed his last at the Combined Military Hospital here Sunday morning and was laid to rest on the premises of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital the same evening. He was above 81.
Lt Gen (Retd) Jahandad Khan was born at Malhoo village in Hazro tehsil of Attock district on April 1, 1929. He joined the Pakistan Army in February 1951.
After retirement from the army in 1984, he served as governor of Sindh province during the rule of General Ziaul Haq until 1987.
In 1985, he founded Al-Shifa Trust and was its president till his death. Under his guidance, the trust has so far established four eye hospitals in Rawalpindi, Kohat, Sukkur and Muzaffarabad. The hospitals in Rawalpindi, Kohat and Sukkur are already serving the ailing humanity while the one in Muzaffarabad is going to be operational next month.
He also served as chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society from 2003 to 2006 and worked hard to provide relief to the victims of October 8, 2005 earthquake. It was during this tragedy that he planned construction of an eye hospital in Muzaffarabad. He successfully accomplished the goal but the death did not allow him to see the hospital at Muzaffarabad functioning.
Lt Gen (Retd) Jahandad Khan also founded Attock Education Trust to provide quality education and vocational training facilities to the children of the poor segments of the society in his native area. He also wrote four books including ‘Pakistan: Leadership Challenges’, ‘Leadership Crisis in Pakistan’, ‘Depart with Smile’ and ‘Beacon of Light.’
He was recipient of Hilal-e-Imtiaz (military), Sitara-e-Basalat and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Civil) awards. He also received many international awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of prevention of blindness. His is survived by a son and a daughter.
The Rasm-e-Qul of Gen (Retd) Jahandad Khan was arranged at Saira Mosque on the premises of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi, on February 15, 2011. Besides the Al-Shifa Trust trustees, members of the board of governors, the hospital staff and family members, a large number of serving and retired civil and military officers, family friends and admirers of the deceased attended the function.
Prominent among the participants were former vice chiefs of army staff Gen (Retd) Sawar Khan and Gen (Retd) Khalid Mahmood Arif, former chief of army staff Gen (Retd) Mirza Aslam Beg, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leaders Syed Kabir Ali Wasti, former federal minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leader Senator Nilofar Bakhtiar and former director-general of National Crisis Management Cell Brig (Retd) Javed Iqbal Cheema.
Before his death, the board of trustees of Al-Shifa Trust nominated Lt Gen (Retd) Hamid Javaid, who has an outstanding career in the Pakistan Army and is an intellectual with vast national and international experience, as successor of Lt Gen (Retd) Jahandad Khan as the president of Al-Shifa Trust. The new president of the trust took charge of his office immediately after the death of Gen (Retd) Jahandad Khan, a great philanthropist of Pakistan. May Almighty Allah rest his departed soul in eternal peace.