Arif Bangash

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Lieutenant General Muhammad Arif Bangash
19th Governor of North-West Frontier Province
In office
November 11, 1996 – August 17, 1999
President Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari
Muhammad Rafiq Tarar
Preceded by Khurshid Ali Khan
Succeeded by Miangul Aurangzeb
Personal details
Born 1935 (age 83–84)
Hangu, British India (now Pakistan)
Father LT colonel Dr.Arshad Khan
Awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz Sitar-I-Basalat
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Branch/service  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1954 – 1994
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Unit Punjab Regiment
Commands School of Infantry and Tactics (SI&T), Quetta
IG Frontier Corps (IGFC), Peshawar
9th Infantry Division, Kohat
IG Training and Evaluation (IGT&E)
V Corps, Karachi
Quarter-Master General (QMG)
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistan War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971

Lieutenant General (R) Muhammad Arif Bangash is a retired Pakistan Army three-star general who served as governor of the North-West Frontier province of Pakistan.[1]

Military career

Belongs to the famous family of the Khans of Hangu . Elder son of the famous military surgeon Lt Colonel Dr. Arshad khan and grandson of the famous High Court judge Mir Muhammad Khan, Arif Bangash was commissioned in the Punjab Regiment on 18 October 1959 in the 20th PMA Long Course. He was a course-mate of Lt Gen Farrakh Khan and General Abdul Waheed Kakar, the army chief. During his army career, Bangash attended Staff college, National (1971) Defense College (1981) and German General Staff course at Fuhrung Academie at Hamburg (1977–78). After command of a Mountain Brigade he was posted as commandant of School of Infantry and Tactics (SI&T) in Quetta (1981–1984). He was promoted to the rank of major general in 1984 and served as Inspector General Frontier Corps (1984–1986) and later commanded 9th Infantry Division at Kohat (1986–1989). During his stay in Kohat, Bangash founded Garrison Cadet College Kohat. He was promoted as lieutenant general in August 1989 and served as Inspector General Training and Evaluation (IGT&E) at the GHQ (1989 - 1991). From there, he went on as Commander V Corps, Karachi (1991 - 1992) overseeing the deteriorating situation in Karachi and Quarter-Master General at the GHQ (1992–1994). He retired from Army as QMG in 1994.

Post-retirement career

Arif Bangash took over as Managing Director of Fauji Foundation in April 1996 and stayed there till Oct0ber1996. Later he was appointed the governor of North-West Frontier province on November 11, 1996 where he replaced Maj Gen (retd) Khurshid Ali Khan. He stayed as governor for less than three years before he resigned on 17 August 1999.[2]


  1. ^ Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
  2. ^ "Three governors replaced to consolidate power base" Daily Dawn, 18 August 1999
Political offices
Preceded by
Khurshid Ali Khan
Governor of North-West Frontier Province
1996 – 1999
Succeeded by
Miangul Aurangzeb
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