The Pakistan Military Academy was established at Kakul in October 1947 soon after the creation of Pakistan. On 25th January 1948, “The First Pakistan Battalion” was instituted. Its companies were named after luminaries of Muslim military history i.e. Khalid, Tariq, Qasim and Salahuddin. Two months later in March 1948 the Battalion was bestowed with Quaid-i-Azam’s patronage as Colonel-in-Chief and the most coveted claim “The Quaid-i-Azam’s Own”. While the Quaid’s failing health prevented him from visiting PMA, Khawaja Nazim Uddin the then Governor General inaugurated it on behalf of the Quaid and presented the Quaid-i-Azam banner to the Academy.