Chief of Army Staff (Pakistan)

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Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army
COAS
Flag of the Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army.jpg
Flag of the Chief of Army Staff
General Raheel Sharif.jpg
Incumbent
Raheel Sharif

since 29 November 2013
Pakistan Army
SeatGeneral Headquarters (Pakistan Army)
NominatorThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe President
Term length
3 years
PrecursorChief of Army Staff (Pakistan)
Formation15 August 1947
First holderGeneral Frank Messervy
SuccessionOn basis of seniority, subjected to the decision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan
DeputyChief of General Staff (Pakistan)
SalaryApex Scale
 
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Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army
COAS
Flag of the Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army.jpg
Flag of the Chief of Army Staff
General Raheel Sharif.jpg
Incumbent
Raheel Sharif

since 29 November 2013
Pakistan Army
SeatGeneral Headquarters (Pakistan Army)
NominatorThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe President
Term length
3 years
PrecursorChief of Army Staff (Pakistan)
Formation15 August 1947
First holderGeneral Frank Messervy
SuccessionOn basis of seniority, subjected to the decision of the Prime Minister of Pakistan
DeputyChief of General Staff (Pakistan)
SalaryApex Scale

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 the Prime Minister of Pakistan.[1] The Chief of Army Staff post has historically been vested with proportionately more powers[2] 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 principle for three years subject to extensions granted by The President of Pakistan on recommendation from The Prime Minister of Pakistan.[3] 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 Raheel Sharif.[4] The COAS operates from Army Combatant General Headquarters (GHQ)[5] in Rawalpindi, the twin city of the capital Islamabad.

List of Chiefs of Army Staff[edit]

#NameRankPhotoAppointment DateLeft OfficeUnit of CommissionDecorations

Commander in Chief of Pakistan Army (C in C)[6]

1.Frank MesservyGeneralGen Sir Frank Messervy.jpg15 August 194710 February 19489th Hodson's HorseKCSI, KBE, CB, DSO
2.Douglas GraceyGeneralGracey Douglas David.jpg11 February 194816 January 19511st Gurkha RiflesKCB, KCIE, CBE, MC
3.Muhammad Ayub KhanField MarshalMuhammad Ayub Khan.JPG16 January 195126 October 19581/14 Punjab RegimentNPk, HPk, HJ, GCMG, MBE
4.Muhammad MusaGeneralMusa khan at school.jpg27 October 195817 June 19666/13 Frontier Force RiflesHPk, HJ, HQA, MBE
5.Muhammad Yahya KhanGeneralYahya Khan (cropped version).jpg18 June 196620 December 19714/10 Baluch RegimentHPk, HJ, SPk
6.Gul Hassan KhanLieutenant General20 December 19713 March 1972Armoured CorpsSPk, SQA

Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army (COAS)

7.Tikka KhanGeneralGeneral.TikkaKhan.jpg3 March 19721 March 1976ArtilleryHJ, HQA, SPk
8.Muhammad Zia-ul-HaqGeneralGeneral Shamim Alam Khan receiving the Hilal-i-Imtiaz.jpg1 March 197617 August 1988Armoured Corps
9.Mirza Aslam BegGeneralGeneral Shamim Alam Khan receiving the Sitar-e-Basalat.jpg17 August 198816 August 1991Baloch RegimentNI(M), SBt
10.Asif NawazGeneralGeneral Asif Nawaz.jpg16 August 19918 January 1993Punjab RegimentNI(M), SBt (Bar)
11.Abdul WaheedGeneral11 January 199312 January 1996Frontier Force RegimentNI(M), SBt
12.Jehangir KaramatGeneralJKDC.gif12 January 19966 October 1998Armoured CorpsNI(M), TBt
13.Pervez MusharrafGeneralPervezMusharraf.jpg6 October 199828 November 2007ArtilleryNI(M), TBt
14.Ashfaq Parvez KayaniGeneralAshfaq Parvez Kayani-2009.jpg29 November 200729 November 2013Baloch RegimentNI(M), HI
15.Raheel SharifGeneralRaheel Sharif.jpg29 November 2013PresentFrontier Force RegimentNI(M), HI

List of Army Vice Chiefs[edit]

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

No.NameRankPhotoAppointment DateLeft OfficeUnit of CommissionDecorations
1Abdul Hamid KhanGeneral25 March 196920 December 1971Baloch RegimentHQA, SPk
2Mohammad Sawar KhanGeneral13 April 198023 March 1984ArtilleryNI(M)
3Khalid Mahmud ArifGeneral22 March 198429 March 1987Armoured CorpsNI(M), SBt
4Mirza Aslam BegGeneral29 March 198717 August 1988Baloch RegimentNI(M), SBt
5Muhammad Yusaf KhanGeneral8 October 20016 October 2004Armoured CorpsNI(M)
6Ahsan Saleem HayatGeneralGen Ahsan S Hyat.jpg7 October 20047 October 2007Armoured CorpsNI(M)
7Ashfaq Pervez KayaniGeneralAshfaq Parvez Kayani-2009.jpg8 October 200728 November 2007Baloch RegimentNI(M), HI

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lt Gen Raheel appointed as new COAS, Lt Gen Rashad as CJCSC". The News. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "New Pakistan army chief takes command". news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Will retire on November 29, Kayani confirms". The Express Tribune. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Menon, Meena (28 November 2013). "Raheel Sharif is new chief of Pakistan Army". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan: Army and Paramilitary Forces". www.factba.se. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Army Chief's". www.pakistanarmy.gov.pk. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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