During Kartarpur Corridor inauguration on November 9, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan as ‘Imran Khan Niazi’ in his speech.
Narendra Modi had said, “I would like to thank the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan Niazi for respecting the sentiments of India.” Modi said this with a special emphasis on the name ‘Niazi’ which reminds Pakistan of the humiliating defeat during 1971 Indo-Pak war.
The reference was to General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi who was also known as A.A.K. Niazi or General Niazi. During the 1971 Indo-Pak war, General Niazi was Pakistani Army general and Governor of East Pakistan (Currently Bangladesh). He was the same Pakistani General who signed the ‘instrument of surrender‘ in 1971 war which marked the victory of Indian Army and formation of new country called Bangladesh. He surrendered along with 93,000 Pakistani soldiers in East Pakistan.
General Niazi was taken prisoner of war (POW) by India in 1971 and sent back to Pakistan on 30 April, 1975. After returning to Pakistan. His Three-Star rank was reduced to Major General and He was dismissed from Pakistan Army in July, 1975. He was also dishonored from his military service and He was also denied his military pension and medical benefits.
AAK Niazi’s surrender in 1971 ended the 13-day war which was also known as the Bangladesh Liberation War.
This is the reason why Imran Khan hides his last name ‘Niazi’ which reminds Pakistani Army’s the defeat of 1971.