Chief of Army Staff (Pakistan)

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Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army
Gen Raheel Sharif.jpg
General Raheel Sharif

since 29 November 2013
Pakistan Army
Seat General Headquarters (Pakistan Army)
Nominator The Prime Minister
Appointer The President
Term length Three years,
renewable once
Precursor C-in-C of the Army
Formation 3 March 1972
First holder General Tikka Khan
Succession On basis of seniority, subjected to the decision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan or by the military ruler during military administration in the country
Deputy Chief of General Staff (Pakistan)
Salary According to Pakistani Military officer's Pay Scale (apex scale)

The Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, (reporting name: COAS), is the four-star rank appointment in the Pakistan Army, held by the senior four-star rank officer appointed by the President of Pakistan, on a summary sent by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.[1] The Chief of Army Staff post has historically been vested with proportionately more powers[2] because of the recurrent military takeovers in the country. 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 appointment is in principle for three years subject to extensions granted by The President of Pakistan on recommendation from The 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 Raheel Sharif.[4] The COAS operates from Army Combatant General Headquarters (GHQ)[5] in Rawalpindi, the twin city of the capital Islamabad.

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)[6]

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 Musa khan at school.jpg 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 3 March 1972 1 March 1976 12 Med Regt Arty HJ, HQA, SPk
8. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq 1982 (cropped).jpg 1 March 1976 17 August 1988 Guides Cavalry
9. Mirza Aslam Beg General 17 August 1988 16 August 1991 16 Baloch NI(M), SBt
10. Asif Nawaz General 16 August 1991 8 January 1993 5 Punjab NI(M), SBt (Bar)
11. Abdul Waheed General 11 January 1993 12 January 1996 5 FF NI(M), SBt
12. Jehangir Karamat General 12 January 1996 6 October 1998 13 Lancers NI(M), TBt
13. Pervez Musharraf General PervezMusharraf.jpg 6 October 1998 28 November 2007 16 (SP) Fd Regt Arty NI(M), TBt
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 Present 6 FF 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 Hamidheld the designation of COAS 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), SBt
4 Mirza Aslam Beg General 29 March 1987 17 August 1988 16 Baloch NI(M), SBt
5 Muhammad Yusaf Khan General 8 October 2001 6 October 2004 Guides Cavalry NI(M)
6 Ahsan Saleem Hyat General Gen Ahsan S Hyat.jpg 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. ^ [ appointed-as-new-COAS,-Lt-Gen-Rashad-as-CJCSC "Lt Gen ARKHAM appointed as new COAS, Lt Gen Rashad as CJCSC"] Check |url= value (help). The News. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.  line feed character in |title= at position 14 (help); line feed character in |url= at position 56 (help)
  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. ^ Menon, Meena (28 November 2013). "Raheel Sharif is new chief of Pakistan Army". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan: Army and Paramilitary Forces". Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Army Chief's". Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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