Kaleem Saadat

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Air Chief Marshal
Kaleem Saadat
کلیم سعادت
17th Chief of Air Staff
In office
March 18,2003 – March 18, 2006
President Pervez Musharraf
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz
Preceded by Mushaf Ali Mir
Succeeded by Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed
Personal details
Born (1951-12-12) 12 December 1951 (age 65)
Faisalabad, Punjab Province, West Pakistan (now-Pakistan)
Awards Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Légion d'honneur
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Air Force
Years of service 1971–2006
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Air Chief Marshal (General)
Commands Chief of Air Staff
Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Operations)
Deputy Chief of Air Staff (Personnel)
AOC PAF Base Peshawar
Chief Instructor ND Wing at NDC
OC No. 14 Squadron Tail choppers
No. 32 Wing
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
2001–2002 India–Pakistan standoff
War in North-West Pakistan

Kaleem Saadat Rana, NI(M), (born 12 December 1951), is a retired four-star air officer who was the Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force from 2003 to 2006. He was promoted as the air chief on 20 March 2003, when the previous air chief Mushaf Ali Mir died in a tragic air crash along with several other high-ranking Air Force officers on 19 February 2003.[1]

Initial military training[edit]

Kaleem Saadat was born in Faisalabad. He is a graduate of PAF Public School Sargodha where he belonged to 14th entry (697 – Fury House). He was commissioned in the Pakistan Air Force on 13 March 1971 in the 51st GD(P) Course. Saadat has qualified Basic Weapons Course, Turkey; Flying Instructors' Course from Risalpur; Staff College and Air War Course from PAF Air War College; L'ESGI and CSI from the École Militaire in France; and National Defence Course from the National Defence College, Islamabad.

Early life[edit]

Kaleem Saadat Rana was born in a Rajput family of Faisalabad

His foreign tours include: Exchange Pilot in Turkey (1977–78); Deputation to Algeria (1980–83); War Course at the École Militaire, Paris, France (1989–90). He was a course-mate and close friend of Rashid Minhas,[2] the trainee pilot who crashed his aircraft and lost his life, to prevent his flight instructor from defecting to India in that aircraft, in 1971.

Command and Staff assignments[edit]

During his Air Force career, Saadat commanded No. 14 OCU Squadron, No. 32 Wing at PAF Base Masroor, and PAF Base Peshawar.

His staff and instructional appointments include assistant commandant of the College of Flying Training at PAF Academy, director of plans at AHQ, chief instructor at the National Defence College, Islamabad, and deputy chief of air staff (operations) at AHQ.

PAF Air Chief[edit]

Death of then Air Chief Mushaf Ali Mir[edit]

On 20 February 2003, the then PAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Mushaf Ali Mir died in a plane crash when the Fokker he along with his wife and fifteen other high-ranking officers were flying in crashed near Kohat in northwestern Pakistan, killing all the passengers on board. Thereafter, the then vice chief Air Marshal Syed Qaiser Hussain was made the acting Air Chief of PAF. On 19 March 2003, Air Marshal Kaleem Saadat, then deputy chief of air staff (personnel), was chosen over Hussain and Air Marshal Sarfraz Arshad Toor, air officer commanding, Air Defence Command (ADC), as the new chief of Pakistan Air Force.[1]


The JF-17 Thunder program under Kaleem Saadat was throttled into full gear. It was during this time, the aircraft prototype was unveiled and it flew some hours, with the semi-production being started in 2005. The Air Headquarters were shifted to its permanent location in Islamabad after having stayed in Karachi, Peshawar and Rawalpindi. The PAF achieved its best Flight Safety record of its history when in the Year 2004, it had the lowest major aircraft accident rate. The PAF had the largest ever flying operations Exercise Highmark 2005 after nearly ten years' gap as well as holding its first ever tri-service wargame titled Tempest-I.

Saadat is a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military).[1] In addition, he was decorated with French Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) on 13 July 2005 for the "excellent cooperation existing between French defence industries related to aeronautics and the Pakistan Air Force, which happens to maintain the most important fleet of Mirages in the world, after France, and acknowledges the impulse given personally by the Chief of Air Staff."[3]


In March 2006, ACM Kaleem Saadat's three-year term expired and he was replaced by the then vice chief of air staff Air Marshal Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed as the air chief.


  1. ^ a b c "Kaleem Saadat appointed new Air Chief" Daily Times, 20 March 2003
  2. ^ Tufail, Kaiser. "BlueBird 166 is Hijacked". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Navy, Air chiefs receive highest French award" Dawn, 14 July 2005

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Military offices
Preceded by
Mushaf Ali Mir
Chief of Air Staff
Succeeded by
Tanvir Mahmood Ahmed