Chief of Air Staff (Pakistan)

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Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force
Pakistani Air Force Ensign.svg
Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman[1]

since March 19, 2015
Formation August 15, 1947
First holder Air Vice Marshal Allan Perry-Keene (as Air Force C-in-C)
Website Pakistan Air Force

The Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force, abbreviated as CAS, is typically the highest ranking 4-star rank officer in the Pakistan Air Force, unless a four-star officer is appointed as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. The CAS is a senior and permanent member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. The CAS heads the Air Staff of the Air Force and reports directly to the President of Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan. Under the authority of the President, the CAS is responsible for the organization, training, and equipping of Reserve and civilian forces serving in the Pakistan Air Force and overseas. The CAS also allocates Air Force personnel and resources to the subordinate commanders of the Air Force. Constitutionally, the CAS is subordinated to the President and the Prime Minister and reports directly to the civilian leadership.

The CAS is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. The appointment does not require the Senate Secretariat's confirmation. By statute, the CAS is the equivalent of a four-star general and holds the rank of Air Chief Marshal.

As of March 19, 2015 the Chief of the Air Staff is Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.[1]

Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan[edit]

# Name Rank Photo Appointment Date Left Office Decorations

Commander in Chief of the Royal Pakistan Air Force (C in C)

1. Allan Perry-Keene Air Vice Marshal August 15, 1947 February 17, 1949 CB, OBE
2 Richard Atcherley Air Vice Marshal Air Vice Marshal R L Atcherley.jpg February 18, 1949 May 6, 1951 CB, CBE, AFC
3 Leslie William Cannon Air Vice Marshal May 7, 1951 June 19, 1955 CB, CBE
4 Arthur McDonald Air Vice Marshal June 20, 1955 July 22, 1957 CB AFC

Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Air Force (C in C)

5 Asghar Khan Air Marshal Air Marshal Asghar Khan.jpg July 23, 1957 July 22, 1965 HPk, HQA
6 Nur Khan Air Marshal Noor khan.jpg July 23, 1965 August 31, 1969 HJ, HS, HQA, SPk
7 Abdul Rahim Khan Air Marshal A.Rahim Khan.jpg September 1, 1969 March 2, 1972 HJ, HQA, SPk, SBt

Chief of the Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force (CAS)

8 Zafar Chaudhry Air Marshal March 3, 1972 April 15, 1974 SQA
9 Zulfiqar Ali Khan Air Chief Marshal April 16, 1974 July 22, 1978 NI(M)
10 Anwar Shamim Air Chief Marshal MAS10.jpg July 23, 1978 March 5, 1985 NI(M), SJ
11 Jamal A. Khan Air Chief Marshal March 6, 1985 March 8, 1988 NI(M), SJ, SBt
12 Hakimullah Air Chief Marshal March 9, 1988 March 9, 1991 NI(M), SJ, SBt
13 Farooq Feroze Khan Air Chief Marshal March 9, 1991 November 8, 1994 NI(M), SBt
14 Abbas Khattak Air Chief Marshal November 8, 1994 November 7, 1997 NI(M), SBt
15 Parvaiz Mehdi Qureshi Air Chief Marshal November 7, 1997 November 20, 2000 NI(M), SBt
16 Mushaf Ali Mir Air Chief Marshal Mushaf-Ali-Mir.jpg November 20, 2000 February 20, 2003 NI(M), SBt
17 Kaleem Saadat Air Chief Marshal March 18, 2003 March 18, 2006 NI(M)
18 Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed Air Chief Marshal March 18, 2006 March 18, 2009 NI(M), SBt
19 Rao Qamar Suleman Air Chief Marshal March 19, 2009 March 19, 2012 NI(M), SBt
20 Tahir Rafique Butt Air Chief Marshal March 19, 2012 March 19, 2015 HI(M), SI(M), TBt
21 Sohail Aman Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.JPG March 19, 2015 Present HI(M), SI(M), TBt

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman takes over charge of PAF". Retrieved 19 March 2015.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "Aman_01" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).

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