Shahid Karimullah

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Shahid Karimullah
US Navy 040721-N-2383B-066 Adm. Shahid Karimullah, Chief of Naval Staff, Pakistan Navy is presented the Legion of Merit from Adm. Vern Clark, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO).jpg
Shahid Karimullah, center, presented with the Legion of Merit in 2004
Born (1948-02-14) 14 February 1948 (age 68)
Service/branch Naval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
Years of service 1968–2005
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Service number (PN No. 1126)
Commands held Chief of Naval Staff
Commander 25th Destroyer Squadron
Additional Secy at Ministry of Defence
DCNS (Naval Operations)
Commander Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK)
Pakistan Marines
Joint Signal Intelligence Directorate
DS at National Defence University
Battles/wars 1971 Indo-Pakistani War
Bangladesh Liberation War
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
2001–02 Indo-Pakistani Standoff
Awards Order of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.png Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Star of Excellence Sitara-e-Imtiaz.png Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military)
PAK Sitara-i-Juraat ribbon.svg Sitara-i-Jurat
Medal of Excellence Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.png Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (military)
Legion Honneur Commandeur ribbon.svg Légion d'honneur
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Other work Pakistan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Shahid Karimullah (born 14 February 1948 in Urdu: شاهد كريم الله ; TI(M), SI(M), HI(M), NI(M), SJ), is a retired four-star admiral who served as the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), commanded Pakistan Navy from 2002 to 2005.

He is one of the most decorated military officer of the Pakistan Defense Forces who later served as Pakistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia from October 2005 to May 2009. On both the occasions, Karimullah was preceded by Admiral Abdul Aziz Mirza.

Naval career[edit]

Admiral Karimullah's family belongs to Hyderabad Deccan and he is a son of (late) Lieutenant Commander Mohammed Karimullah. He was commissioned in Pakistan Navy's operations branch in 1968 after undergoing training as a communication specialist. Admiral Shahid Karimullah is a graduate of the United States Naval War College, and Pakistan National Defence College.

Command and staff appointments[edit]

Admiral S. Karimullah commanded two destroyers, the 25th Destroyer Squadron and the Pakistan Fleet. He fought the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 while commanding a gunboat in erstwhile East Pakistan where he was seriously wounded in action and awarded Sitara-i-Jurat for exceptional gallantry.

His major staff appointments include Additional Secretary of Ministry of Defence, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) and Director Signals at the Naval Headquarters. He has also served as Chief Staff Officer to the Commander Pakistan Fleet and Directing Staff at the National Defence College. He was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral while holding the appointment of Commander Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK).

Chief of Naval staff[edit]

Upon ascension to Chief of Naval Staff in 2002, Karimullah superseded at least one senior officer Vice Admiral Taj Muhammad Khattak who was the Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS). He was replaced by Admiral Afzal Tahir as the naval chief when he was due to retire in 2005. Karimullah himself replaced the former naval chief Admiral Abdul Aziz Mirza when he took over as Pakistani ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 2005. He vacated the ambassadorship in May 2009.

Besides, Sitara-i-Jurat, Karimullah is a recipient of Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), and Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military). In addition, he was decorated with French Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) on 13 July 2005 "for promoting Pakistan-French naval collaboration in various fields at different posts he held during his service career, including induction of French submarines and aircraft in Pakistan Navy."[1]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Abdul Aziz Mirza
Chief of Naval Staff
Succeeded by
Afzal Tahir

See also[edit]