Major General Raja Muhammad Anwar Khan was the first Pakistan Army Engineer Officer and the first Muslim Engineer In Chief of the Pakistan Army. He was the first Muslim to be a Sapper officer in the British Indian Army and its pre-partition Indian Corps of Engineers. His Pakistan Army number was 48 (PA-48).
Maj. General M. Anwar Khan belonged to Punjabi Minhas Rajput family from Chakwal. The Mair Minhas tribe has a long martial tradition of serving in the British India and Pakistan military.
Maj. General Muhammad Anwar Khan belonged to a family of 9 brothers and 4 sisters, of which 6 brothers were selected as officers in the British Army (Akbar, Iftikhar, Zafar, Yousaf, Afzal and Anwar). Three brothers rose to the rank of Major General and three to the rank of Brigadiar General. Three brothers chose civilian careers (Baqir, Tahir and Masud).
Anwar Khan was selected for the 4th batch at Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehra Dun in