Awards and decorations of the Pakistan Armed Forces

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The awards and decorations of the Pakistan Armed Forces recognize a service member's service and personal accomplishments while a member of the Pakistan Armed Forces. Together with military badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a service member's career. A few of these medals and awards are also given to or have in the past been given to Pakistani civil service officers or civilians with special government permission (Pakistan general service "Kashmir 1948" medal holder Kashmir Regiment Army No. 2115 late Hero Gazi Lasnaik Qalander Shah s/o Bakdur shah r/o Jutial Gilgit Baltistan).[1]

Flag of the Pakistan Armed Forces

Decorations[edit]

Wartime gallantry medals[edit]

Nishan-e-Haider (Order of the Lion)
Hilal-e-Jurat (Crescent of Courage)
Sitara-e-Jurat (Star of Courage)
Tamgha-e-Jurat (Medal of Courage)
Imtiazi Sanad (Mentioned in Despatches)[2]

Peacetime distinguished service medals[edit]

Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Order of Excellence)

Awarded to four-star Generals and equivalent when considered appropriate by the Government of Pakistan

Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Crescent of Excellence)

Awarded to major generals & above or equivalent, for excellence of work/spontaneous meritorious acts

Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Star of Excellence)

Awarded to colonel & above, for excellence of work/spontaneous meritorious service or on completion of 18 years of service

Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Medal of Excellence)

Awarded to lieutenant colonel & above, for excellence of work/spontaneous meritorious service or on completion of 12 years of service

Tamgha-e-Khidmat (Class-I) (Medal of Service Class I)

Admissible to junior commissioned officers (JCOs) only who are in receipt of Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Class-II) award for rendering long meritorious or distinguished service of a non-operational nature

Tamgha-e-Khidmat (Class-II) (Medal of Service Class II)

Admissible to junior commissioned officers (JCOs) only for long meritorious or distinguished service of a non-operational nature

Tamgha-e-Khidmat (Class-III) (Medal of Service Class III)

Awarded to non-commissioned officers/other ranks for long meritorious or distinguished service of a non-operational nature

Civil Gallantry Awards[edit]

Nishan-e-Shujaat (Order of Bravery)
Hilal-e-Shujaat (Crescent of Bravery)
Sitara-e-Shujaat (Star of Bravery)
Tamgha-e-Shujaat (Medal of Bravery)

Non-Operational Gallantry Awards[edit]

Sitara-e-Basalat (Star of Valour)

A gallantry award admissible to all ranks for acts of valour, courage & devotion to duty though not on active operations against the enemy

Tamgha-e-Basalat (Medal of Valour)

Admissible to all ranks for acts of valour, courage & devotion to duty though not on active operations against the enemy

Campaign / war medals[edit]

Tamgha-e-Diffa (General Service Medal)

A general campaign medal and is awarded along with a clasp to all ranks who take part in minor operations or campaigns within laid down period, dates and prescribed qualifying area.

Sitara-e-Harb 1965 War (War Star 1965)

This medal was awarded to the Armed Forces personnel who took part in the 1965 war in the prescribed area of the operations.

Sitara-e-Harb 1971 War (War Star 1971)

This medal was awarded to the Armed Forces personnel who took part in the 1971 war in the prescribed area of the operations.

Tamgha-e-Jang 1965 War (War Medal 1965)

A war medal and was awarded to the Armed Forces personnel who were in service during the period of hostilities during the 1965 war.

Tamgha-e-Jang 1971 War (War Medal 1971)

A war medal and was awarded to the Armed Forces personnel who were in service during the period of hostilities during the 1971 war.

Tamgha-e-Istaqlal Pakistan (Escalation with India Medal - 2002)

Awarded to all the military servicemen on Active-Duty during the 2001-2002 Standoff with India.

Tamgha-e-Azm (Medal of Conviction)

Awarded to military/civil armed officials in 2018 for services rendered in War on Terrorism.

Long service medals[edit]

10 Years Service Medal
20 Years Service Medal
30 Years Service Medal
35 Years Service Medal
40 Years Service Medal

Wound stripes[edit]

Gold Wound Stripe

All serving personnel of the Armed Forces seriously or severely wounded during war or operations due to enemy's action while on border defence duties are eligible for the stripe.

Red Wound Stripe

All serving personnel of the Armed Forces wounded during war or operations due to enemy's action while on border defence duties are eligible for the stripe.

Commemorative medals[edit]

Pakistan Tamgha (Pakistan Medal) - 1947

Instituted to celebrate the emergence of Pakistan on 14 August 1947.

Tamgha-e-qayam-e-Jamhuria (Republic Commemoration Medal) - 1956

Instituted on the eve of Pakistan becoming a republic on 23 March 1956.

Tamgha-e-Sad Saala Jashan-e-Wiladat-e-Quaid-e-Azam

(100th Birth Anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah) - 1976

Instituted to celebrate the birth centenary of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on 25 December 1976.

Hijri Tamgha (Hijri Medal) - 1979

Instituted to celebrate the completion of the fourteenth centenary Hijri (Islamic Calendar) on 22 November 1979.

President's Award for Pride of Performance - 1982
Jamhuriat Tamgha (Democracy Medal) - 1988

Instituted to celebrate the return of democracy in Pakistan.

Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha (Resolution Day Golden Jubilee Medal)[3]- 1990

Instituted to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Lahore Resolution

Tamgha-e-Salgirah Pakistan (Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal) - 1997

Instituted to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Pakistan

Tamgha-e-Baqa (Nuclear Test Medal) - 1998

Instituted to celebrate the successful testing of a nuclear bomb at Chagai.

Sitara-e-Eisaar (Star of Sacrifice)[4][5][6][7][8] - 2006

Awarded for outstanding humanitarian services in the wake of the devastating 2005 earthquake in Pakistan

Tamgha-e-Eisaar (Medal of Sacrifice)[4][5][6][7][8] - 2006

Awarded for outstanding humanitarian services in the wake of the devastating 2005 earthquake in Pakistan

Command and Staff College Quetta Centenary Instructor's Medal (2005)
Command and Staff College Quetta Centenary Student's Medal (2005)

Order of wearing[edit]

Precedence Award name Ribbon
1 Nishan-e-Haider (Order of Haider)
2 Nishan-e-Pakistan (Order of Pakistan)
3 Nishan-e-Shujaat (Order of Bravery)
4 Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Civilian) (Order of Excellence)
5 Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Order of Excellence)
6 Nishan-e-Quaid-e-Azam (Order of the Great Leader)
7 Nishan-e-Khidmat (Civilian) (Order of Service)
8 Hilal-e-Pakistan (Crescent of Pakistan)
9 Hilal-e-Jurat (Crescent of Courage)
10 Hilal-e-Shujaat (Crescent of Bravery)
11 Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Civilian) (Crescent of Excellence)
12 Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Crescent of Excellence)
13 Hilal-e-Quaid-e-Azam (Crescent of the Great Leader)
14 Hilal-e-Khidmat (Civilian) (Crescent of Service)
15 Sitara-e-Pakistan (Star of Pakistan)
16 Sitara-e-Jurat (Star of Courage)
17 Sitara-e-Shujaat (Star of Bravery)
18 Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Civilian) (Star of Excellence)
19 Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Star of Excellence)
20 Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam (Star of the Great Leader)
21 President's Award for Pride of Performance
22 Sitara-e-Basalat (Star of Good Conduct)
23 Sitara-e-Eisaar (Star of Sacrifice)
24 Sitara-e-Khidmat (Civilian) (Star of Service)
25 Tamgha-e-Jurat (Medal of Courage)
26 Tamgha-e-Shujaat (Medal of Bravery)
27 Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Civilian) (Medal of Excellence)
28 Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Medal of Excellence)
29 Tamgha-e-Quaid-e-Azam (Medal of the Great Leader)
30 Tamgha-e-Basalat (Medal of Good Conduct)
31 Tamgha-e-Eisaar (Medal of Sacrifice)
32 Tamgha-e-Khidmat (Civilian) (Medal of Service)
33 Imtiazi Sanad (Mentioned in Despatches)
34 Tamgha-e-Diffa (General Service Medal)
35 Sitara-e-Harb 1965 War (War Star 1965)
36 Sitara-e-Harb 1971 War (War Star 1971)
37 Tamgha-e-Jang 1965 War (War Medal 1965)
38 Tamgha-e-Jang 1971 War (War Medal 1971)
39 Tamgha-e-Baqa (Nuclear Test Medal) - 1998
40 Tamgha-e-Istaqlal Pakistan

(Escalation with India Medal) - 2002

41 Tamgha-e-Azm (Medal of Conviction)
42 Tamgha-e-Khidmat (Class-I) (Medal of Service Class I)
43 Tamgha-e-Khidmat (Class-II) (Medal of Service Class II)
44 Tamgha-e-Khidmat (Class-III) (Medal of Service Class III)
45 10 Years Service Medal
46 20 Years Service Medal
47 30 Years Service Medal
48 35 Years Service Medal
49 40 Years Service Medal
50 Pakistan Tamgha (Pakistan Medal) - 1947
51 Tamgha-e-Sad Saala Jashan-e-Wiladat-e-Quaid-e-Azam

(100th birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah) - 1976

52 Tamgha-e-Jamhuria (Republic Commemoration Medal) - 1956
53 Hijri Tamgha (Hijri Medal) - 1979
54 Jamhuriat Tamgha (Democracy Medal) - 1988
55 Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha

(Resolution Day Golden Jubilee Medal) - 1990

56 Tamgha-e-Salgirah Pakistan

(Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal) - 1997

57 Command and Staff College Quetta Instructor's Medal - (2005)
58 Command and Staff College Quetta Student's Medal - (2005)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Government of Pakistan, Cabinet Division Gazette, 1988 November, Sec C-109, pp. 11–12.
  2. ^ "Honours and Awards". www.pakistanarmy.gov.pk. Retrieved 11 October 2022.
  3. ^ This special commemorative medal of the Pakistan Resolution, 1940-1990, was also given in a limited edition to some civil service officers and also relations/descendants of those Muslim League leaders who actually signed the Pakistan Resolution in 1940. Ref A.Z. Shaikh, A Booklet on Some Commemorative Awards of the Government of Pakistan, 1947-1997 Islamabad: National Archives of Pakistan pubs, 1997, p 9
  4. ^ a b "Awards conferred for earthquake relief work". DAWN.COM. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  5. ^ a b Government of Punjab, Pakistan (1 July 2006). "Recipients of Sitara-e-Eisaar and Tamgha-e-Eisaar" (PDF). digitallibrary.punjab.gov.pk. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Musharraf gives away rescue, relief awards – Business Recorder". Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Earthquake relief work: Musharraf confers awards on outstanding Americans – Business Recorder". Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  8. ^ a b "Soldiers honored for Pakistan earthquake relief". www.army.mil. Retrieved 6 April 2022.

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