Hifazat Ullah Khan

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Hifazat Ullah Khan
Nickname(s) General
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1974–2010
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Air Marshal (Lieutenant General)
Unit No. 5 Squadron Falcons
Commands held Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS)
Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel)
Base Commander PAF Base Samungli
OC No. 33 Tactical Attack Wing
No. 5 Squadron Falcons
Air attaché in Saudi Arabia

Indo–Pakistani standoff of 2001-02
War in North-West Pakistan

Awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military)
Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military)
Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military)

Air Marshal Hifazat Ullah Khan, HI(M), SI(M), (Urdu: حفاظت اللہ خان‎; born 4 October 1952), is a former three-star general air officer who served as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) of Pakistan Air Force from 29 March 2009 till 4 October 2010.[1] A three-star rank air officer, Air Marshal Hifazat Ullah Khan was replaced by Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt as Vice Chief of the Air Staff.[2]


Hifazat did his FSc from PAF Public School Sargodha in 1971. He then joined the Air Force Academy at Risalpur. He graduated on 25 October 1974 with 58th GD(P) course as a fighter pilot. Hifazat holds a M.Sc. in War studies, from Karachi University.[3]

Air Force career[edit]

Hifazat got commissioned in 1974 in General Duties (Pilot) Branch of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). A fighter pilot of Dassault Mirage III, Hifazat commanded No. 5 Tactical Attack and Reconnaissance Squadron, and No. 33 Tactical Attack Wing as a Commanding Officer. He also served as a Flying Instructor in the prestigious flying institution Combat Commanders School for 4 years. In 2001-03, he commanded PAF Base Samungli. After completing his tenure as Base Commander, he was promoted as a two-star general in the Air Force as Air Vice-Marshal. From May 2003, he served as DG NAB Frontier for one and a half year. From November 2004 onwards, Hifazat was appointed as the Air Officer Commanding Northern Air Command of the PAF; a position in which he served for one and a half year till March 2006.

In March 2006, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel) and in July 2007 AVM Hifazat got promoted to the three-star general in the Air Force as Air Marshal. On 29 March 2009 Air Marshal Hifazat Ullah Khan was appointed Vice Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force. He has also previously served as Air attaché at Pakistan Embassy in Saudi Arabia.