Dignitaries buried in the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.):
General Muhammad Musa Khan Hazara
General Muhammad Musa Khan Hazara was born on 20 October 1908 in Quetta. He got commission from Indian Military Academy in Dehradun on 1st February 1935. He was posted to the 6th Royal Battalion, the 13th Frontier Force Rifles as a Platoon Commander in 1936. He served with distinction in the Pakistani Army and rose to the rank of the commander in chief of Pakistan Armed Forces on 1st April 1957 and held the office till 17 Sept 1966. General Musa Khan Hazara, was the Commander in Chief of Pakistan's Army. He succeeded Field Marshal Ayub Khan, who assumed the Presidency of Pakistan. General(R)Musa Khan died on 12 March 1991 in Quetta as the Governor of Baluchistan.
He was the eldest son of Sardar Yazdan Khan, born in a Shia Muslim, Hazara family hailing from Quetta, Pakistan. Khan was from the Sardar family of the Hazara tribe; a tribe native to Balochistan, Pakistan. He was a "Naek" (Junior Non-Commissioned Officer) in the "106th Hazara Pioneers" who went to train at the Military Academy in Dehra Dun as a cadet and graduated with the first batch of the British King's Commissioned Officer on 1 February 1935. He was posted to the 6th Royal Battalion, the 13th Frontier Force Rifles as a "Platoon Commander" in 1936. He took part in the Waziristan Operations in 1936-1938 and in World War II, where he served in North Africa.
During the World War II, he participated in Waziristan Operation, Burma Campaign and North African Campaign and was awarded Order of the British Empire. He was a commander in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1947.He was awarded Hilal-i-Jurat and Hilal-i-Pakistan by Government of Pakistan.
He served with distinction in the Pakistani Army and rose to the rank of the commander in chief of Pakistani Armed Forces during President Mohammad Ayub Khan’s regime (1958–1969).
After General Mohammed Musa Khan Hazara retired from the army, President Ayub Khan appointed him as the Governor of West Pakistan from 1967 to 1969. After serving for a few years, he retired and settled in Karachi. In 1987, he was once again involved in politics. He was appointed Governor of Balochistan Province by the then President General Zia-ul-Haq in December 1985 and remained in this post till 1991.
Career with Pakistan Army
General Mohammed Musa Khan Hazara commanded the Pakistan Army in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, and had overall responsibility for operations throughout the conflict. He was given credit for blunting the full-scale grand Indian offensive towards Sialkot during the Battle of Chawinda. He has narrated the events and experiences of the war in his book "My Version". General Musa Khan is the author of his autobiography, Jawan to General in which he describes his lifetime experiences from a simple foot-soldier rising to become a general.
He served with distinction in the Pakistani Army and became the commander-in-chief (C in C) of Pakistan Armed Forces during President Mohammad Ayub Khan’s regime (1958–1969). In the War of 1965, Indian Army attacked West Pakistan from Lahore and Sialkot border, with 600 tanks and five time bigger force then Pakistan Army, General Musa Khan defended the country with heart and soul. The Wagah and Sialkot battle fields became the graveyard of Indian tanks.
He died on 12 March 1991 in Quetta when he was serving as the Governor of Baluchistan. General Mohammed Musa Khan Hazara was an ardent lover of the Holy Ahlul Bayt (A.S.) of Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.A.) and per his last will and wishes his dead body was transferred to the holy city of Mashhad in Iran and buried in the holy shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.).