Gohar Ayub Khan - Early Life and Military Career

Early Life and Military Career

Gohar Ayub Khan was born in the local village in the "Rehana" in subdivision of Haripur District in the British controlled North-West Frontier Province of British Indian Empire, to a military family on January 15, 1937. Gohar Ayub Khan is of the Afghan descent and is ethnically a Pashtun (or Pathan) of the Tareen tribe, although a Hindko speaker. His father, Ayub Khan, was a senior commanding officer in the British Army and later ascended in staff and field operational assignments in Pakistan Army and subsequently became President of Pakistan through a bloodless military coup commenced in 1958.

Gohar Ayub was sent to study at the military controlled Army Burn Hall College and eventually moved on to attend the private school St. Mary's Academy in Rawalpindi. Gohar Ayub joined the Pakistan Army in 1947, and joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. Upon his return, Gohar Ayub began his active duty with the Pakistan Army, starting to work on the staff appointments. In 1958 and beyond, Gohar Ayub had began to serve as his father's aide-de-camp during that period traveling with him on several foreign trips in Europe, Americas, Soviet Union and Asia. Gohar Ayub did not rise beyond the rank of Captain despite his father's support. In his army records, there are allegations of professional and behavioral misconduct of Gohar Ayub during his stay in the army, including withstanding allegations of being a routinely alcoholic while at the duty and a man of loose sexual morals.

Gohar Ayub was prematurely given retirement in 1962 by the army promotion branch despite his father's efforts to stop the investigations against his son. After being given this forced retirement, Gohar Ayub, along with his father-in-law general (retired) Habibullah Khan, went on and established a private industrial firm, the Universal Insurance Co. Ltd.

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