Shahid Iqbal

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Shahid Iqbal
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Vice-Admiral Shahid Iqbal (right), PN
Birth name Shahid Iqbal
Born (1953-07-15)July 15, 1953
Lalpur (Now Faisalabad), Punjab Province, West-Pakistan.
Allegiance Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistan Navy
Years of service 1974 - 2010
Rank Vice-Admiral
Service number (PN No. 1637)
Unit Naval Operations Branch
Commands held

Shahid Iqbal, Born: 15 July 1953, HI(M), SI, is a retired 3-star rank naval officer and the former Chief of Staff (COS) of Pakistan Navy who served as the former Commander of Combined Task Force 150. He took over this post from retiring Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun on 30 December 2009.[1] He was preceded by the Vice-Admiral Asif Sandilla in July 2010 and retired from the Navy.[2]

Naval career[edit]

Shahid Iqbal was born in Lalpur, now Faisalabad, Punjab Province, and moved to Karachi in 1960. In 1966, Iqbal attended Cadet College Petaro and graduated from there in 1971.[3] He attended Pakistan Naval Academy where he received his B.Sc. in Applied science in 1974.[3] The same year, he gained commission in the Navy's Naval Operations Branch as he was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant.[3] In 1978, he was sent to United Kingdom where he did a specialist operations course from Maritime Warfare School, and held a rank of Principle Warfare Officer upon his return.[3] He later attended Turkish Naval Academy as a faculty staff officer and gained an advance degree in war tactics.[3] Upon his return, Iqbal served as a faculty member of Naval War College and the research at the National Defence University (NDU).[3] During the 1990s, he was made Director-General of the Naval Intelligence and commanded the Naval Intelligence during the Operation Parakram. As Captain and Commodore, he held various staff appointments and also commanded various missile boats and destroyers.[3]

In 2005, he was promoted to 2-Star rank Rear-Admiral and was made Commander of Pakistan Naval Combatant Operations. In 2006, he was given the command of CTF-150 at NAVCENT Bahrain.[3] Admiral Iqbal was first Asian naval officer of a "regional nation" who was given command of any of the three coalition task forces that comprise the Combined Maritime Force.[3] In 2007, after his return to Pakistan, Iqbal was made Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of Naval Operations.[3] In 2008, he was promoted to Vice-Admiral and given the command of Deputy Chief of Naval Staff of the Naval Training.[3] In 2009, he was made Commander of the Pakistan Naval Fleet.[3] The same year, he was made Chief of Staff of Navy, thus second-in-command of Chief of Naval Staff of Pakistan Navy.[3] With this promotion, he became a member of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) and served there as a naval advisor to the Prime minister of Pakistan.[3] In 2010, he took honorary retirement from the navy as he was preceded by Vice-Admiral Asif Sandila as Chief of Staff.[3]

Senior Appointments[edit]

In addition, he also held the appointments of Director General Naval Intelligence, Commander Combined Task Force 150 (Multinational Naval Force) at NAVCENT Bahrain, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) and Commander Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK). Before his appointment as Chief of Staff, he was serving as Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Training and Personnel) at Naval Headquarters.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vice Admiral Shahid Iqbal appointed COS" Daily Times, 30 December 2009
  2. ^ "Sandila made COS". The Nation. July 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Lieutenant Kazi Zulkader Siddiqu (Updated). "Shahid Iqbal, 763/Jinnah". Lieutenant Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, Media Executive Officer at the Cadet College Petaro. Alumni Medial Research Directorate of the Cadet College Petaro of Pakistan Navy. Retrieved 2011.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Rear Admiral Shahid Iqbal takes over as Fleet Commander" Associated Press of Pakistan, 19 June 2008
Military offices
Preceded by
VADM Asaf Humayun
Vice Chief of Naval Staff
30 December 2009 – August 12, 2010
Succeeded by
ADM Asif Sandila