Field Hockey has lost a great visionary, Air Marshal M. Nur Khan has passed away on December 15, 2011.
On the personal initiative of Air Marshal M. Nur Khan, the FIH introduced the World Cup Tournament and the Champions Trophy Tournament, which are now rated amongst the major international tournaments, alongside the Olympics.
Being President Pakistan Hockey Federation, he donated World Cup Trophy and Champions Trophy to the International Hockey Federation. During his tenure Pakistan hockey team performed a grand-slam. The World Cup and Champions Trophy are the toughest events in Hockey.
Air Marshal M. Nur Khan was President of the Pakistan Hockey Federation during 1967 - 1969, and 1976 - 1984. During his Presidency, The Pakistan Hockey Federation won 2 Olympic Gold Medals (1968 Mexico & 1984 Los Angelas), 2 Hockey World Cups (1978 & 1982) and 2 Hockey Champions Trophy (1978 & 1980).
His contribution and dedicated efforts will go down in the annals of sports history of Pakistan.
Air Marshal M. Nur Khan was also Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Airforce during 1965 - 1969. He flew all types of fighter aircraft in PAF, including Tiger Moths, Hawker Harts and Audax biplanes, Vultee Vengeance, Harvards, Hurricanes, Lockheed T-33, F-86s, F-104s Starfighter, B-57s, MiG-19s and Mirages.
Air Marshal M. Nur Khan was also Governor of West Pakistan during 1969 - 1970.
Air Marshal Nur Khan was a well decorated officer. Among his decorations are Hilal-e-Jurat, Sitara-i-Pakistan and Sitara-i-Quaid-i -Azam. He was also awarded the Order of Istiqlal (2nd Class) by the King of Jordan, and decorated as Commander of the National Order of the Cedars by the President of Lebanon and Grand Officer in the order of Range Nassau with Swords by the Dutch Government.
His funeral prayers would be offered at 1030 Hrs at cricket ground PAF Complex, Sector E-9 Islamabad.
He would be burried with full honour at 1600 Hrs at his native town Tamman (Talagang), Chakwal.