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Mujeeb Ahmed Khan Lodhi
Born 1922 (95 or 96 years old):9[1]
Place of birth British India
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Royal Indian Navy
(1941–47)
Naval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
(1947–72)
Years of service 1941–1971
Rank Insignia RealAdmiral Pakistan Navy.gifUS-O8 insignia.svgRear Admiral
Service number PN. 77:77[2]
Unit Executive Branch
Commands held Commander Pakistan Fleet
Western Naval Command
Chittagong Port Authority
PNS Babur
Battles/wars

World War II
Indo-Pakistani War of 1965

Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards PAK Sitara-i-Juraat ribbon.svgSitara-e-Jurat
Gold medal blank.svgTamgha-e-Pakistan
Other work Military adviser to Royal Saudi Navy
Author, columnist, and writer.

Rear-Admiral Mujeeb Ahmad Khan Lodhi (Urdu:مجيب احمد خان لودهى; b. 1921), SJ, TPk, best known as M.A.K. Lodhi, is a retired two-star rank admiral in the Pakistan Navy, a memoirist, and a defence analyst, writing in the News International.[3] He is known for his leadership in commanding the Western Naval Command and fleet commander during the third war with India in 1971, and was forcefully retired from his service in 1972 by President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. In 2017, he wrote and authored his memoirs, Ocean Rift: Memoirs of Admiral Lodhi, published in 2017 that recounted his memories during the events in 1971.[4]

Biography[]

Lodhi served in the Royal Indian Navy, participating well during the World War II, he was one of few of the twenty RIN officers from the Executive Branch who opted for Pakistan Navy in 1947;:9[1] he was the Lieutenant at the time of his transfer.[5] He was a contemporary of Vice Admiral EC Kuruvila (1922–1997) with whom he served in World War II but were on opposite after the partition.:9–10[1]

He participated well during the second war with India in 1965, was one of the commanding officers of the Combined Task Group (CTG) that raided in Dwarka in India.:83[6] Captain Lodhi was the commanding officer of the PNS Babur and had responsibility of guarding the station.[7] Under Captain Lodhi's command, the PNS Babur took part in the firing the target at the light house's radars and return home safely to report to its base, and served until 1967 as Babur's CO.:170–172[8] In 1969, Commodore Lodhi was stationed in East Pakistan and was appointed as administrator for the Chittagong Port, responsible for territorial limits.:41[9] In 1970, he was promoted to two-star rank, Rear-Admiral, was subsequently appointed the fleet commander in the Western Naval Command as Commander Pakistan Fleet.:437[6][10]:194

During the third war with India, Rear-Admiral Lodhi commanded the Western Naval Command's Combined Task Group, comprising the one cruiser, five destroyers, two frigates, four submarines and one oiler.:437[10] He also deployed the his country's only long-rage submarine, Ghazi that had to be deployed since he was not given any choice to support the Eastern Naval Command under Rear-Admiral Mohammad Shariff.:47[11] He also appointed Commodore H.H. Ahmed as his command's chief of staff.:198[6]

After the signed surrender went into effect that marked the succession of East-Pakistan as Bangladesh, Rear-Admiral Lodhi was among the highest flag ranking officer, including Rear-Admiral Rashid Ahmed and Vice-Admiral Muzaffar Hassan, who were notably superseded by their juniors for the command assignments.:77[2] Rear-Admiral Lodhi was subsequently forcefully retired from his service when the junior, Commodore H.H. Ahmed , became the nation's first chief of naval staff in April 1972.:144[12]:92[13]

After his retirement, Rear-Admiral Lodhi deputed and worked with Royal Saudi Navy as its military adviser and remained associated with it for quite some time.[14] Since 2015, he became associated with the News International where he writes column on defence and security.[3]

In 2017, Lodhi wrote and authored his first memoirs, Ocean Rift: Memoirs of Admiral Lodhi, which was published in 2017.[4]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Sainik Samachar" (in en). Director of Public Relations, Ministry of Defence. 1973. pp. 73. https://books.google.com/books?id=6Ct3uarDLgUC&q=M.A.K+Lodhi+royal+Indian+Navy&dq=M.A.K+Lodhi+royal+Indian+Navy&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjtztLGm9bVAhVnl1QKHd5DCxgQ6wEIKTAA. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hussain, Syed Shabbir (1979) (in en). The Death Dance. Lahore, Punjab, Pk: Kamran Pub. House. pp. 129. https://books.google.com/books?id=1gJuAAAAMAAJ&q=M+AK+Lodhi+admiral&dq=M+AK+Lodhi+admiral&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiWsby-qdbVAhUnw1QKHboUBqgQ6wEIMzAC. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "MAK Lodhi:Writer - The News International: Latest News Breaking, Pakistan News" (in en). www.thenews.com.pk. https://www.thenews.com.pk/writer/mak-lodhi/. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ladi, Rear Admiral M. A. K. (2017). OCEAN RIFT Memoirs of Admiral Lodhi. Islamabad, Pakistan: Royal Book Co.,Pakistan. pp. 570. ISBN 9789694074382. https://www.amazon.com/OCEAN-RIFT-Memoirs-Admiral-Lodhi/dp/969407438X. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  5. Kazi, AGN. "The first few executive officers transferred to the Pakistan Navy on Partition" (in en-us). Flickr, Kazi. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pimu/5346639918/. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Roy, Mihir K. (1995). "Trumps and Aces" (in en) (google books). War in the Indian Ocean (1st ed.). Delhi,India: Lancer Publishers. pp. 290. ISBN 9781897829110. https://books.google.com/books?id=Tqr8r7EB18wC&printsec=frontcover&dq=rear+admiral+M.A.K+Lodhi&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjXosXxl9bVAhVoiVQKHYUsACk4ChDrAQgzMAI#v=onepage&q=Lodhi&f=false. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  7. Shabir, Usman (June 2003). "1965 War" (in en). Karachi, Sindh, Pk.: «  PakDef Military Consortium. http://pakdef.org/1965-war-3/. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  8. Sirohey, Iftikhar Ahmed (1995) (in en) (google books). Truth Never Retires: An Autobiography of Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey. Karachi, Pakistan: Jang Publishers. pp. 562. https://books.google.com/books?id=-IHjAAAAMAAJ&dq=M.A.K+Lodhi+truth&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=Lodhi+. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  9. Law clerk (1969) (in en). Dacca Law Cases: A Monthly Journal Devoted to the Reports of Decisions of the High Court of East Pakistan and the Board of Revenue (East Pakistan) with East Pakistan Statutes. Dacca, East Pakistan: Dacca Law Cases. https://books.google.com/books?id=yI85AQAAIAAJ&q=M.A.K+Lodhi+commodore&dq=M.A.K+Lodhi+commodore&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiBsenentbVAhVBVmMKHeAhAKUQ6wEISDAH. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 Haroon, Asif (2005) (in en). Roots of 1971 Tragedy (1st ed.). Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan: Sang-e-Meel Publications. pp. 642. ISBN 9789693516777. https://books.google.com/books?id=mf1tAAAAMAAJ&dq=rear+admiral+lodhi+1971&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=+lodhi+. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  11. Rai, Ranjit (1987) (in en). A Nation and Its Navy at War (1st ed.). Delhi, India: Lancer International. pp. 190. ISBN 9788170620136. https://books.google.com/books?id=TfMMAAAAIAAJ&dq=rear+admiral+lodhi+1971&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=lodhi+. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  12. Rizvi, H. (2000). "Civilian interlude" (in en) (google books). Military, State and Society in Pakistan (1st ed.). Islamabad, Pakistan: Springer. pp. 289. ISBN 9780230599048. https://books.google.com/books?id=ZwGIDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA144&dq=rear+admiral+lodhi&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjO4sW4o9bVAhVS-lQKHV2MCC4Q6wEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=rear%20admiral%20lodhi&f=false. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 
  13. Jafri, Maqsood (2008) (in en). The Ideals of Bhutto. pp. 390. https://books.google.com/books?id=vgRuAAAAMAAJ&q=M+AK+Lodhi+admiral&dq=M+AK+Lodhi+admiral&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiWsby-qdbVAhUnw1QKHboUBqgQ6wEIRDAG. 
  14. Organization, Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative (1973) (in fr). Acte Final de la Conférence Avec Documents Joints Comprenant Le Texte Du Protocole Adopté. Jeddah,Saudi Arabia: IMO Publishing. pp. 60. ISBN 9789280100228. https://books.google.com/books?id=yYrMyjtQ2joC&pg=PA54&dq=mujeeb+ahmad+khan+lodhi+amiral&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjLuqXr6tXVAhVCqVQKHcH8DXwQ6wEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=mujeeb%20ahmad%20khan%20lodhi%20amiral&f=false. Retrieved 14 August 2017. 

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