Yahya Khan Agha Muhammad (1917-1980) mishandling of the Bangladesh separatist issue led to civil war, and he was forced to resign.
Yahya Khan fought with the British army in the Middle East during World War II, escaping German capture in Italy.
Later, as Pakistan's chief of army general staff, he supported Gen Ayub Khan's in 1958 coup and in 1969 became military ruler. Following defeat by India in 1971, he resigned and was under house arrest 1972-1975.
Why is Yahya Khan famous?
Yahya Khan was a Pakistani president from 1969 to 1971.