Chief of Army Staff (Pakistan)
|Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army
|Nominator||The Prime Minister|
|Term length||3 years,
|Formation||March 3, 1972|
|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. The Chief of Army Staff post has historically been vested with proportionately more powers because of the recurrent enforced military laws 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 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. 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 The COAS operates from the Army GHQ in the vicinity of Rawalpindi District– the twin city of the capital Islamabad.
List of Chiefs of Army Staff
|#||Name||Rank||Photo||Appointment Date||Left Office||Unit of Commission||Decorations|
|1.||Sir Frank Messervy||General||15 August 1947||10 February 1948||9th Hodson's Horse||KCSI, KBE, CB, DSO|
|2.||Douglas Gracey||General||11 February 1948||16 January 1951||1st Gurkha Rifles||KCB, KCIE, CBE, MC|
|3.||Muhammad Ayub Khan||Field Marshal||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||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|
|7.||Tikka Khan||General||3 March 1972||1 March 1976||2 Fd Regt Arty||HJ, HQA, SPk|
|8.||Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq||General||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||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||6 October 1998||28 November 2007||44 (SP) Fd Regt Arty||NI(M), T Bt|
|14.||Ashfaq Parvez Kayani||General||29 November 2007||29 November 2013||5 Baloch||NI(M), HI|
|15.||Raheel Sharif||General||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
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||8 October 2007||28 November 2007||5 Baloch||NI(M), HI|
- Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
- Chief of Air Staff (Pakistan)
- Chief of Naval Staff (Pakistan)
- Chief of General Staff (Pakistan)
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