Tariq Kamal Khan

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Tariq Kamal Khan
Chief of Naval Staff
In office
23 March 1983 – 9 April 1986
Preceded by Adm K.R. Niazi
Succeeded by Adm Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey
High Commissioner of Pakistan to Australia
In office
President Zia-ul-Haq
Personal details
Born Tariq Kamal Khan
(1930-05-21) May 21, 1930 (age 87)
Jhelum, Punjab, British India
(Present-day Pakistan)
Citizenship  Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Military service
Nickname(s) TK Khan
Metal Gear
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch Naval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
Years of service 1948–1986
Rank US-O10 insignia.svgAdmiral Pakistan Navy Insignia.JPG Admiral
Unit Surface Branch
Commands Vice-Chief of Naval Staff
Commander Karachi coast
Naval attaché Pakistan Embassy, London

Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971

Awards Order of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.png Nishan-e-Imtiaz
Star of Excellence Sitara-e-Imtiaz.png Sitara-e-Imtiaz
Star of Good Conduct Sitara-e-Basalat.png Sitara-e-Basalat

Admiral Tariq Kamal Khan (Urdu: طارق کمال خان‎; b. 21 May 1930), NI(M), SI(M), SBt, is a retired four-star rank admiral and a former diplomat who served as a Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan Navy from being appointed in 1983 until retiring from his service in 1986.:199[1][2][3][4][5]

Prior to that, he was appointed as the High Commissioner of Pakistan to Australia and served from 1986 until 1992 when he retired from the foreign service.:352[6]


Naval Career and star appointments[edit]

Tariq Kamal Khan was born in Jhelum, Punjab, British India into a Punjabi-Pathan family on 21 May 1930.[7] After graduating from a local high school, he was commissioned as Midshipman in the Pakistan Navy in 1948 in Surface warfare branch and was initially trained at the Pakistan Military Academy.[7] He was later trained in the United Kingdom as a communication specialist and as the surface warfare officer and promoted as Sub-Lieutenant after returning to Pakistan.[7] His further military training came from the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, England and did qualified on courses on military communications.[7]

In 1965, Lieutenant TK Khan participated in second war with India and served on PNS Shah Jahan as its executive officer while taking part on naval shelling in Dwarka, India.[7]

In 1969, he was promoted as Lieutenant-Commander and Commander after posting in East Pakistan as commanding officer of PNS Jehangir.:xxx[8] Cdr TK Khan also helped the Pakistan Army with the communication gears and firing at the East Pakistan Rifles headquarters to crush Bengali resistance in Chittagong area.[9][10]

Cdr Khan participated on various military riverine missions while commanding a gunboat, Jehangir, and was taken war prisoner after the accessioning the surrender with India in 1971.[9] He was repatriated to Pakistan and continue resuming his military service when he was promoted as Captain in the Navy.

From 1975–1978, Captain Khan was posted in the Foreign minister to be served as naval attaché to the Pakistan High Commission in London, United Kingdom.:564[11][12] Upon returning to Pakistan, he was promoted to one-star rank, Commodore and posted in Karachi for a command assignment in 1978.

Cdre Khan commanded the 18th Destroyer Squadron as its officer commanding until 1980 after promoting as Rear-Admiral.:151[13]

Chief of Naval Staff[edit]

Rear-Admiral Khan was appointed Commander Karachi (COMKAR) until 1983 when he succeeded Admiral K.R. Niazi as Chief of Naval Staff.:278[13]:241[14] On 22 March 1983, President Zia-ul-Haq announced to appoint Rear-Admiral Khan as the Chief of Naval Staff but this promotion came with controversy.:194[15][16] Rear-Admiral TK Khan, a junior admiral, supersedes the most senior Vice-Admiral Iqbal Quadir and two senior Rear-Admirals for the command of the Navy in 1983.:278–279[13] Rear-Admiral TK Khan was known to be close to President Zia and had experience in military administration in civil affairs from the East Pakistan, that may have been a factor for his appointment to the four-star appointment.:277[13] After his appointment was announced, Rear-Admiral Tariq Kamal Khan was appointed as four-star rank admiral in the Navy.:278[13]

In 1983, he helped negotiated the acquisition of Mirage V aircraft from France for the Pakistan Air Force when he traveled to Paris, France.:159[17]

As naval chief, Admiral TK Khan began initiating a program to acquire and procure modern warships to replace and scrap the aging warships in service with the Navy.:109[18] Admiral Tariq Kamal worked closely towards strengthening bilateral relations between China and Pakistan, briefly meeting with Chinese President Li Xiannian for that purpose in 1984.:44[19]

Admiral Tariq Kamal Khan remained naval chief until naval chief he sought retirement from his active service and handed over the command to his VCNS, Vice-Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey.:51–52[20]

Ambassadorship and later life[edit]

After his retirement from Navy, Admiral Khan joined the Foreign Service when he was nominated to be appointed as High Commissioner of Pakistan to Australia by President Zia and served from 1986 until 1992 when he retired from the foreign service.:352[6] During his tenure as High Commissioner, he helped secure the deal of second-hand and Royal Australian Air Force's retired Dassault Mirage III to be inducted in the service with Pakistan Air Force in 1990.:14–15[21]

In 1992, Admiral Tariq Kamal retired from the Foreign Service and currently lives on military pension.:352[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cheema, Pervaiz Iqbal (2003). The Armed Forces of Pakistan (googlebooks) (1 ed.). Oxford, uk: Oxford University Press. p. 220. ISBN 0195798392. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.chowrangi.com/alexander-naval-station.html
  3. ^ http://chr.sagepub.com/cgi/pdf_extract/21/1/95
  4. ^ https://www.flickr.com/photos/pimu/864111636/
  5. ^ http://www.mabaig.co.uk/paf/Squadrons/8.html
  6. ^ a b c GoP, Govt. of Pakistan (1992). Statistical Pocket-book of Pakistan. Islamabad Pakistan: Manager of Publications. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Pakistani connections, pc. "پاک بحریہ کے سربراہ۔ ایڈمرل طارق کمال خان". www.pakistanconnections.com. Pakistani connections. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Cardozo, Major General Ian. The Sinking of INS Khukri: Survivor's Stories. Roli Books Private Limited. ISBN 9789351940999. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Hussain, Khadim (September 1998). "The Way It Was - 2". www.defencejournal.com. Defence Journal. 1998. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  10. ^ See Navy Officers
  11. ^ Copley, Gregory R. (1975). Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook. Perth Corporation. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Excepts". Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c d e Sirohey, Iftikhar Ahmed (1995). Truth Never Retires: An Autobiography of Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey (1 ed.). Karachi Pakistan: Jang Publishers. p. 592. ISBN 978-969-8500-00-9. 
  14. ^ News Review on South Asia and Indian Ocean. Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  15. ^ Noman, Omar (1988). "Ethnic Conflict". Pakistan (googlebooks) (1 ed.). New York, U.S.: Routledge. p. 230. ISBN 9781136143946. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  16. ^ Excerpts-II. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  17. ^ Near East/South Asia Report. Foreign Broadcast Information Service. 1983. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  18. ^ Near East/South Asia Report. Foreign Broadcast Information Service. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  19. ^ Beijing Review. Beijing Review. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Pakistan & Gulf Economist. Economist Publications. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  21. ^ Cheeseman, Graeme. Selling Mirages: The Politics of Arms Trading. Australian Foreign Policy Publications Program, Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University. ISBN 9780731514922. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Karamat Rahman Niazi
Chief of Naval Staff
1983 – 1986
Succeeded by
Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey