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Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army

The Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, (reporting name: COAS), is the four-star rank appointment in the Pakistan Army, held by the senior four-star rank officer appointed by the President of Pakistan, on a summary sent by Prime Minister of Pakistan . The Chief of Army Staff post has historically been vested with proportionately more powers because of the recurrent military takeovers in the country. It is the highest and most prestigious four-star assignment, unless the four-star officer is appointed as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Pakistan Armed Forces. The appointment is in principal for three years subject to extensions granted by The President of Pakistan on recommendation from The Prime Minister of Pakistan. The appointment is vested with complete operational, training and logistics commands unlike the pattern followed in Western Commands where the Chief of Army Staff is the training and logistics chief while operational command rests with the Ministry of Defense. The current Chief of Army Staff is General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The COAS operates from Army Combatant General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, the twin city of the capital Islamabad. Under the Constitution of 1973 presently in vogue, the Chief of Army Staff is subordinate to the Defense Minister of Pakistan, Secretary General/Secretary Defense and reports directly to the civilian leadership.

List of Chiefs of Army Staff

# Name Photo Term Unit of Commission Decorations

Commander in Chief of Pakistan Army (C in C)

1. General Sir Frank Messervy August 15, 1947 – February 10, 1948 9th Hodson's Horse KCSI, KBE, CB, DSO
2. General Sir Douglas Gracey February 11, 1948 – January 16, 1951 1st Gurkha Rifles KCB, KCIE, CBE, MC
3. Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan January 16, 1951 – October 26, 1958 1/14 Punjab Regiment NPk, HPk, HJ, GCMG, MBE
4. General Muhammad Musa 50px October 27, 1958 – June 17, 1966 6/13 Frontier Force Rifles HPk, HJ, HQA, MBE
5. General Muhammad Yahya Khan June 18, 1966 – December 20, 1971 4/10 Baluch Regiment HPk, HJ, SPk
6. Lieutenant General Gul Hassan Khan 50px December 20, 1971 – March 3, 1972 Armoured Corps SPk, SQA

Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army (COAS)

7. General Tikka Khan 50px March 3, 1972 – March 1, 1976 Artillery HJ, HQA, SPk
8. General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq March 1, 1976 – August 17, 1988 Armoured Corps
9. General Mirza Aslam Beg August 17, 1988 – August 16, 1991 Baloch Regiment NI(M), SBt
10. General Asif Nawaz 50px August 16, 1991 – January 8, 1993 Punjab Regiment NI(M), SBt (Bar)
11. General Abdul Waheed January 11, 1993 – January 12, 1996 Frontier Force Regiment NI(M), SBt
12. General Jehangir Karamat 50px January 12, 1996 – October 6, 1998 Armoured Corps NI(M), TBt
13. General Pervez Musharraf October 6, 1998 – November 28, 2007 Artillery NI(M), TBt
14. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani November 29, 2007 – Present Baloch Regiment NI(M), HI

List of Army Vice Chiefs

The post of Vice Chiefs of Army Staff existed whenever the Chief of Army Staff was also the President of Pakistan.

No. Name Term of Appointment Unit of Commission Decorations
1 General Abdul Hamid Khan March 25, 1969 – December 20, 1971 Baloch Regiment HQA, SPk
2 General Mohammad Sawar Khan April 13, 1980 – March 23, 1984 Artillery NI(M)
3 General Khalid Mahmud Arif March 22, 1984 – March 29, 1987 Armoured Corps NI(M), SBt
4 General Mirza Aslam Beg March 29, 1987 – August 17, 1988 Baloch Regiment NI(M), SBt
5 General Muhammad Yusaf Khan October 8, 2001 – October 6, 2004 Armoured Corps NI(M)
6 General Ahsan Saleem Hyat October 7, 2004 – October 7, 2007 Armoured Corps NI(M)
7 General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani October 8, 2007 – November 28, 2007 Baloch Regiment NI(M), HI

See also

External links

  • List of Army Chiefs at Pakistan Army website
  • Official Pakistan Army website
  • Inter-Services Public Relations
  • PAF s' Chief of the Air Staffs
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