Yusaf Khan

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Yusaf Khan
Birth nameMuhammad Yusaf Khan
Born (1948-02-10) February 10, 1948 (age 70)
Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan
Allegiance Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistan Army
Years of service1964-2004
RankOF-9 Pakistan Army.svgUS-O10 insignia.svgGeneral
UnitBadge of Corps of Guides.jpgGuides Cavalry, Armoured Corps
Commands heldVice Chief of Army Staff
Chief of General Staff
II Corps in Multan
Military Secretary (MS)
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistan War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
India-Pakistan standoff 2001
AwardsOrder of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.pngNishan-e-Imtiaz (military)

Muhammad Yusaf Khan (Urdu: محمد یوسف خان‎) (born February 10, 1948), is a retired four-star general of the Pakistan Army who served as the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) from October 8, 2001 until October 7, 2004. When his 3-year term expired in October 2004, he was replaced by General Ahsan Saleem Hyat.

Military career[edit]

General Yusaf Khan is a graduate of Military College Jhelum (College No. 2642) and was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 1966 in the 37th PMA Long Course[1] and joined the Guides Cavalry. He served various command and staff posts including Commanding Officer Guides Cavalry, Commanding Officer of a Tank Battalion in Saudi Arabia, Instructor at Command and Staff College, Chief of Staff of a Strike Corps, Commander of an armoured division, Chief of General Staff, and finally the Vice Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army.

Yusaf Khan was promoted to Lieutenant General in June 1998 and sent as the Military Secretary (MS) in the GHQ. Later on 29 October 1998, he was transferred as Commander II Corps, Multan.

Military coup of 1999 and Chief of General Staff[edit]

During the time of military coup of 1999, the then Lieutenant General Muhammad Yusaf Khan was the Corps Commander Multan. Due to his close proximity to General Musharraf, by September 2000, he was posted as Chief of General Staff (CGS) to replace the then Lieutenant General Aziz Khan who was instead given the command of Lahore Corps. The post of Chief of General Staff is considered vital as the chief overlooks the two intelligence bureaus within Pakistan Army (Military Intelligence and Intelligence Bureau). In fact, it is believed that a military coup against a government cannot be launched without tacit approval of the Chief of General Staff.

Vice Chief of Army Staff[edit]

In October 2001, General Yusaf was promoted to four-star general and replaced Lieutenant General Muzaffar Usmani as the Vice Chief of Army Staff. He was junior only to Usmani, hence superseding one officer while ascending to the four-star post of VCOAS. The timing of promotion of General Yusaf and General Aziz Khan coincided with the US invasion of Afghanistan, when these generals superseded Lieutenant General Muzaffar Usmani and Lieutenant General Mahmud Ahmed, both of whom were known for their hawkish stances.[2]

General Yusaf also stayed the ceremonial post of Colonel-in-Chief of the Armoured Corps of Pakistan Army. The four-star general is usually promoted as the Colonel-in-Chief of his respective unit. He was promoted to that position by President General Pervez Musharraf on 31 March 2003 at the Armoured Corps Regimental Center in Nowshera and continued till 3 May 2005 when he was replaced by General Ahsan Saleem Hyat.[3]


  1. ^ Ikram Sehgal. "Choosing Merit over Friendship" The News, 9 October 2001
  2. ^ 'New Vice Chief and CJCSC'
  3. ^ "General Yusaf installed new Colonel in Chief of Armoured Corps"[permanent dead link] President of Pakistan Press Release, 31 March 2003

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Military offices
Preceded by
Aziz Khan
Chief of General Staff
2000 – 2001
Succeeded by
Shahid Aziz
Preceded by
Muzaffar Usmani
Vice Chief of Army Staff
2001 – 2004
Succeeded by
Ahsan Saleem Hyat