Tahir Rafique Butt

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Tahir Rafique Butt
Born 1956
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 6 March 1977 -
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Air chief marshal
Commands held PAF Base Mianwali
DCAS (Personnel)
Chief of Air Staff
Battles/wars War in North-West Pakistan
Awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)

Air chief marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, is Current chief of Pakistan Air Force. He was appointed Chief of Air Staff in place of Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman on 7 March 2012 by the President of Pakistan.[1] He formally assumed the charge on 19 March 2012.[2] Before being appointed chief he was serving as Vice Chief of Air Staff since 5 October 2010.[3] His other appointments include Deputy Chief of Air Staff at Air Headquarters and commanding an operational base.


Tahir Rafique Butt was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force on 6 March 1977 as a General Duty Pilot (GD(P)). Among several appointments some important positions include Flying Instructor, Squadron Commander, Officer Commander Flying Wing, Base Commander (PAF Base Mianwali), Air Officer Commanding (Regional Command), Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Personnel), Vice Chief of Air Staff.[4] He has also served as head of the National Accountability Bureau Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter.


[5] Inter Services Public Relations | Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt appointed as new Air Chief". The News Tribe. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tahir Rafique Butt appointed Air Chief". The News. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Change of command: Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt to be new air chief". The Express Tribune. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "PM recommends Tahir Rafiq Butt as new air chief". Pakistan Today. 29 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.ispr.gov.pk/front/main.asp?o=t-chiefs&dept=copaf

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Military offices
Preceded by
Rao Qamar Suleman
Chief of Air Staff
2012 – present