Yahya Khan entered in the Indian Military Academy at Dehradun and was commissioned into the Indian Army in 1938. He performed well and served with distinction during the World War II in North African theater, and was taken as the Prisoner of war (POW) by Italy. He escaped from there on his third attempt. His active service further saw actions as part of the 4th Infantry Division in the North Africa, Middle East, and Mediterranean theaters of the war, including Iraq, Italy, and North Africa.
Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan (Urdu: آغا محمد یحیی خان, Bengali: জেনারেল ইয়াহিয়া খান February 1917 – 10 August 1980), popularly known as Yahya Khan was a four-star general and statesman who served as the third President of Pakistan from 1969 until the fall of East-Pakistan as a follow-up to Pakistan's defeat in the war with India in 1971. Serving with distinction in World War II as a British Indian Army officer, Yahya opted for Pakistan in 1947 and held critical command assignments.