Yastur-ul-Haq Malik

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Yastur-ul-Haq Malik
Chief of Naval Staff
In office
10 November 1988 – 8 November 1991
Preceded by Adm. Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey
Succeeded by Adm. S.M. Khan
Chairman of National Shipping Corporation
In office
1 November 1986 – 8 November 1988
Personal details
Born Yasturul Haq Malik
(1933-03-20) March 20, 1933 (age 84)
Karachi, Sindh, British Indian Empire
(Present-day Pakistan)
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch Naval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
Years of service 1951–1991
Rank US-O10 insignia.svgAdmiral Pakistan Navy Insignia.JPG Admiral
Unit Surface Branch
Commands Vice-Chief of Naval Staff
DCNS (Personnel)
Commander Pakistan Fleet
Naval attaché at Pakistan Embassy, Paris
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Order of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.png Nishan-e-Imtiaz
Star of Good Conduct Sitara-e-Basalat.png Sitara-e-Basalat

Admiral Yastur-ul-Haq Malik (Urdu: یسطور الحق ملک; b. 20 March 1933), NI(M), SBt, is a retired four-star rank admiral who served as the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan Navy from 10 November 1988 until retiring from his military service on 8 November 1991.[1]

He is noted for his tenureship as the Chief of Naval Staff which ran only for two years, making him the shortest serving four-star admiral serving as Chief of Naval Staff.[1]


Naval career and education[edit]

Yastur-ul-Haq Malik was born on 20 March 1933 in Karachi, Sind, in British India.:103[2] He hailed from an Urdu-speaking family that had settled in Karachi from Lucknow before the partition of India in 1947.[1]

He attended and graduated from the Saint Patrick's College in Karachi and gained commissioned as Midshipman in 1951 and inducted in the Surface Branch of the Pakistan Navy in 1954.[3] After his initial training at the Pakistan Military Academy, he was sent to United Kingdom to attend the Britannia Royal Naval College at Darmouth where he graduated and further trained with the Royal Navy in 1958.[3]

Upon returning to Pakistan in 1958, he was promoted as Lieutenant and provided his services as gunnery in the PNS Badr and participated in second war with India in 1965.[1] He briefly served as a staff member of the military secretary's team in the Ayub administration and was an ADC to President Ayub Khan in 1960s.[4]

He then participated in third war with India in 1971 as Lieutenant-Commander while stationing in Karachi.[1]

After the war in 1971, Lt.Cdr. Malik went to attend the Air War College of Pakistan Air Force where he graduated with a staff course degree. He also attended the National Defence University and graduated with master's degree in Defence studies.[3]

Staff appointments and Chief of naval staff[edit]

Throughout his career, Malik served in the administrative branches of the Pakistan Navy and once posted as the Naval attaché at Pakistan Embassy, Paris in France.[4]

In 1980s, he was assumed the command of Pakistan Fleet as its commander (COMPAK) from 1977 until 1982 but was later posted in Navy NHQ as DCNS (Personnel) from 1982-1984.[5][4] His command assignments also included his role as Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) from 1984 until 1986 before being appointed as Chairman of the Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) in 1986.[6][4]

In 1988, Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto announced his appointment as Chief of Naval Staff and Vice-Admiral Malik took over the command of Navy from Admiral Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey who was elevated as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee on 10 November 1988.:89[7]:15[8][1]

His tenure only ran for two years and left the command of the Navy to his VCNS Vice-Admiral S.M. Khan who was promoted as Admiral on 11 August 1991.:199[9] As Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Malik is credited for commissioning the "PNS Ahsan"— the naval base which is situated in Ormara, Balochistan in Pakistan.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "پاک بحریہ کے سربراہ۔ ایڈمرل یسطور الحق ملک" (html). www.pakistanconnections.com/ (in Urdu). Pakistaniconnections. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Economic Review (18 ed.). Economic & Industrial Publications. 1987. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Excerpts, et.al. "Excerpts: biography". Excerpts. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Excerpts II, et.al. "Excerpts II". Excerpts II. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Economic Review, Volume 18, Page 103 - Economic & Industrial Publications., 1987
  6. ^ "Chairmen History". www.pnsc.com.pk. Pakistan National Shipping Corporation. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Khan, Mohammad Habib (1989). Restoration of democracy in Pakistan. Islamabad, Pakistan: Directory Bureau. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  8. ^ staff, et.al (1 January 1991). "Defence Journal". Defence Journal. 17 (1). Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Cheema, Pervaiz Iqbal (2002). The Armed Forces of Pakistan. NYU Press. ISBN 9780814716335. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey
Chief of Naval Staff
1988 – 1991
Succeeded by
Saeed Mohammad Khan