Chief of Army Staff (Pakistan)

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Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army
General Qamar Javed Bajwa

since 29 November 2016
 Pakistan Army
Seat General Headquarters
Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Nominator The Prime Minister
Appointer The President
Term length 3 years,
renewable once
Precursor Army Commander-in-Chief
Formation March 3, 1972; 44 years ago (1972-03-03)
First holder General Tikka Khan
Succession On basis of seniority, subjected to the decision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan or by the President during military administration in the country
Deputy Chief of General Staff
Vice-Chief of Army Staff
Salary According to Pakistan Military officer's Pay Grade(apex Scale)

The Chief of Army Staff (Urdu: سربراہ پاک فوج‎) (reporting name: COAS), is the four-star rank appointment in the Pakistan Army, held by the senior four-star ranking officer appointed and confirmed by the President of Pakistan, on a nomination approval summary sent by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.[1] The Chief of Army Staff post has historically been vested with proportionately more powers because of the recurrent enforced military laws in the country.[2] It is the highest and most prestigious four-star assignment, unless the four-star officer is appointed as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Pakistan Armed Forces– the highest-ranking officer who is senior to the Chiefs of Staff of Army, Air Force, Navy and respected chiefs of other military services.

The appointment is in principle for three years subject to extensions granted by The President of Pakistan on recommendation and approval from he Prime Minister of Pakistan.[3] The appointment is vested with complete operational, training and logistics commands unlike the pattern followed in Western Commands where the Chief of Army Staff is the training and logistics chief while operational command rests with the Ministry of Defense. The current Chief of Army Staff is General Qamar Javed Bajwa[4][5] The COAS operates from the Army GHQ in the vicinity of Rawalpindi District– the twin city of the capital Islamabad.[6]

List of Chiefs of Army Staff[edit]

# Name Rank Photo Appointment Date Left Office Unit of Commission Decorations

Commander in Chief of Pakistan Army (C in C)[7]

1. Sir Frank Messervy General Gen Sir Frank Messervy.jpg 15 August 1947 10 February 1948 9th Hodson's Horse KCSI, KBE, CB, DSO
2. Douglas Gracey General Gracey Douglas David.jpg 11 February 1948 16 January 1951 1st Gurkha Rifles KCB, KCIE, CBE, MC
3. Muhammad Ayub Khan Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan.JPG 16 January 1951 26 October 1958 5 Punjab NPk, HPk, HJ, GCMG, MBE
4. Muhammad Musa General 27 October 1958 17 June 1966 1 FF HPk, HJ, HQA, MBE
5. Muhammad Yahya Khan General Yahya Khan (cropped version).jpg 18 June 1966 20 December 1971 10 Baloch HPk, HJ, SPk
6. Gul Hassan Khan Lieutenant General 20 December 1971 3 March 1972 5 Horse SPk, SQA

Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army (COAS)

7. Tikka Khan General General.TikkaKhan.jpg 3 March 1972 1 March 1976 2 Fd Regt Arty HJ, HQA, SPk
8. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq 1982 (cropped).jpg 1 March 1976 17 August 1988 25 Cavalry
9. Mirza Aslam Beg General 17 August 1988 16 August 1991 16 Baloch NI(M), S Bt
10. Asif Nawaz General General Asif Nawaz.jpg 16 August 1991 8 January 1993 5 Punjab NI(M), S Bt
11. Abdul Waheed Kakar General 11 January 1993 12 January 1996 5 FF NI(M), S Bt
12. Jehangir Karamat General 12 January 1996 6 October 1998 13 Lancers NI(M), T Bt
13. Pervez Musharraf General PervezMusharraf.jpg 6 October 1998 28 November 2007 44 (SP) Fd Regt Arty NI(M), T Bt
14. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani-2009.jpg 29 November 2007 29 November 2013 5 Baloch NI(M), HI
15. Raheel Sharif General Raheel Sharif.jpg 29 November 2013 29 November 2016 6 FF NI(M)
16. Qamar Javed Bajwa General 29 November 2016 current 16 Baloch NI(M)

List of Army Vice Chiefs[edit]

The post of Vice Chiefs of Army Staff existed whenever the Chief of Army Staff was also the President of Pakistan. General Abdul Hamid held the designation of Chief of Staff while President Yahya Khan was C-in-C.

No. Name Rank Photo Appointment Date Left Office Unit of Commission Decorations
1 Abdul Hamid Khan General 25 March 1969 20 December 1971 10 Baloch HQA, SPk
2 Mohammad Sawar Khan General 13 April 1980 23 March 1984 1 (SP) Med Regt Arty (FF) NI(M)
3 Khalid Mahmud Arif General 22 March 1984 29 March 1987 11 Cavalry (FF) NI(M), S Bt
4 Mirza Aslam Beg General 29 March 1987 17 August 1988 16 Baloch NI(M), S Bt
5 Muhammad Yusaf Khan General 8 October 2001 6 October 2004 Guides Cavalry NI(M)
6 Ahsan Saleem Hyat General 7 October 2004 7 October 2007 33 Cavalry NI(M)
7 Ashfaq Parvez Kayani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani-2009.jpg 8 October 2007 28 November 2007 5 Baloch NI(M), HI

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lt Gen Raheel appointed as new COAS, Lt Gen Rashad as CJCSC". The News. 27 November 2013. Archived from the original on 1 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Pakistan army chief takes command". Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Will retire on November 29, Kayani confirms". The Express Tribune. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "General Bajwa takes charge as Pakistan's 16th army chief". DAWN. 29 Nov 2016. Retrieved 29 Nov 2016. 
  5. ^ "Gen Bajwa assumes command as Pakistan's 16th army chief". The Express Tribune. 29 Nov 2016. Retrieved 29 Nov 2016. 
  6. ^ "Pakistan: Army and Paramilitary Forces". Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Army Chief's". Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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