Awards and decorations of the Pakistan Armed Forces

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Pakistan Armed Forces
پاک مسلح افواج
State emblem of Pakistan.svg
Founded 1947
Service branches Flag of the Pakistan Army Pakistan Army
Naval Jack of Pakistan Pakistan Navy
Ensign of the Pakistan Air Force Pakistan Air Force
Headquarters Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi
Commander-in-Chief President Mamnoon Hussain
Minister of Defence Khawaja Asif
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmood
Pakistan Army
Military age 16–49 years old
Conscription None
Active personnel 643,800 (ranked 6th)
Reserve personnel 513,000
Budget $7.6 billion (2015–16) (ranked 25th)
Percent of GDP 3.5% (2015)
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The awards and decorations of the Pakistan Armed Forces recognize a service member's service and personal accomplishments while a member of the Pakistan armed forces. Together with military badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a service member's career.


Gallantry awards[edit]

  1. Nishan Haider Ribbon.gif Nishan-i-Haider

The Nishan-i-Haider (Urdu: نشان حیدر meaning "Order of the Lion") is the Highest' military award given by Pakistan. Awarded "to those who have performed acts of greatest heroism or most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger and have shown bravery of the highest order or devotion to the country, in the presence of the enemy on land, at sea or in the air ..."[1]

Recipients Nishan-i-Haider recipients receive an honorary title as a sign of respect: Shaheed meaning martyr for deceased recipients and Ghazi meaning victor for living recipients. As of Sept 19, 2013, all Nishan-e-Haider awards have thus far been given to the people engaged in battles with India.

    1. Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed (1910–July 27, 1948)
    2. Major Tufail Muhammad Shaheed (1914–August 7, 1958)
    3. Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed (1938–September 10, 1965)
    4. Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed (1938–1971)
    5. Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed(Air Force) (1951–August 20, 1971)
    6. Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (1943–December 6, 1971)
    7. Jawan Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed (1949–December 10, 1971)
    8. Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed (1944–December 17, 1971)
    9. Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed (1970–July 5, 1999)
    10. Lalak Jan Shaheed (1967–July 7, 1999)
    11. Naik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed (25 April 1922 - 26 April 1948) (Was awarded Hilal-e-Kashmir - an equivalent to Nishan-i-Haider)

  1. Hilal-Jurat Ribbon.gif Hilal-i-Jurat (Crescent of Courage)
  2. Sitara Jurat Ribbon.gif Sitara-i-Jurat (Star of Courage)
  3. Tamgha Jurat Ribbon.gif Tamgha-i-Jurat (Medal of Courage)
  4. Imtiazi Sanad (Mentioned in Despatches)[2]

Non operational awards[edit]

  1. Star of Good Conduct Sitara-e-Basalat.png Sitara-e-Basalat (Star of Good Conduct)
  2. Medal of Good Conduct Tamgha-e-Basalat.png Tamgha-e-Basalat (Medal of Good Conduct)
  3. Medal of Service Tamgha-e-Khidmat Class I.png Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class I (Medal of Services)
  4. Medal of Service Tamgha-e-Khidmat Class II.png Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class II (Medal of Services)
  5. Medal of Service Tamgha-e-Khidmat Class III.png Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class III (Medal of Services).[2]

Civil-Military Awards[edit]

  1. Order of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.png Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence) Military Division
  2. Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) (Military)
  3. Star of Excellence Sitara-e-Imtiaz.png Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) (Military)
  4. Medal of Excellence Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.png Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) (Military)
  5. Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Medal of Service) (Military)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ PAF Combat website on military awards
  2. ^ a b "Honours and Awards". Pakistan Army. Retrieved 2009-06-06. 

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