A proud son of Tehsil Kharian, District Gujrat, Major General M. Imtiaz Ali was born in March 1930 and got commission in Baloch Regiment in the Pakistan Army in 1952. He had an excellent military career. He had the unique distinction of serving both the SSG and the Army aviation and in sports as well.
Major General Ali was the military secretary to the late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He was posted back to the army to become Commandant of School of Infantry and Tactics, from where he eventually retired.
Major General M. Imtiaz Ali remains to be an unsung hero who very few people know as the real father of the missile programme of Pakistan. He also played an important role as Military Secretary to Prime Minister Bhutto in doing the right thing in the face of diverse political pressures. Most of what he did will for ever remain outside public gaze.
Major General Imtiaz Ali also served as Defence Adviser (Minister) in the first cabinet of Benazir Bhutto. Former Prime Minister and chairperson of the Pakistan People’s Party Benazir Bhutto condoled, the death of Major General Mohammad Imtiaz Ali (retired).
In a message, she said Gen Imtiaz Ali was a man of outstanding capabilities and great integrity whose death was a national loss.
Major General Imtiaz Ali died at the Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi on 21st June 2003. A large number of people from all walks of life of the twin cities of Rawalpindi-Islamabad including military and civilian officials and politicians attended the funeral prayers. He was laid to rest at the Army Graveyard, Peshawar Road, Rawalpindi.