Chief of Army Staff (Pakistan)
|Chief of the Army Staff|
|سالارِ افواجِ پاکستان|
|Ministry of Defence|
Army Secretariat-I at MoD
|Member of||Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee |
National Security Council
|Reports to||Prime Minister|
Minister of Defence
|Seat||General Headquarters (GHQ)|
Rawalpindi Cantonment, Punjab
|Term length||3 years|
|Precursor||Commander-in-Chief of the Army|
|Formation||3 March 1972|
|First holder||General Tikka Khan|
|Unofficial names||Army Chief|
|Deputy||Vice chief of Army Staff (abolished)|
Chief of General Staff
|Salary||According to Pakistan Military officer's Pay Grade(apex Scale)|
This is the senior most appointment in the Pakistan Armed Forces who is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee in a separate capacity, usually consulting with the Chairman joint chiefs to act as a military adviser to the Prime Minister and its civilian government in the line of defending the land borders of the country. The Chief of Army Staff exercise its responsibility of command and control of the operational, combatant, logistics, and training commands within the army, in contrast to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Due to its stature, the Chief of Army Staff have been instrumental in enforcing martial laws against the civilian government due to the meltdown of a civil-military relations in the past decades.: 168 
The appointment, in principle, is constitutionally subjected to be for three years but extension may be granted from the approval and recommendations of the Prime Minister by the President. The Chief of Army Staff is based in the Army GHQ, and the current Chief of Army Staff is General Qamar Javed Bajwa, serving in this capacity since 29 November 2016
Office of the Chief of the Army Staff
The designation of the Chief of the Army Staff was created from the previous title Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army in 1972. Since 1972, there has been 10 four-star rank army generals to be appointed as chief of army staff by statute. The Prime Minister approved the nomination and appointment of the Chief of Army Staff, with President confirming the Prime Minister's appointed choosing and nomination.
The army leadership is based in the Army GHQ whose functions are supervised by the Chief of Army Staff, assisted by the civilians from the Army Secretariat of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The Chief of Army Staff exercise its responsibility of complete operational, training and logistics commands.: 131 [self-published source?]
There are several principle staff officers (PSO) who assist in running the operations of the Army GHQ:
- Engineer-in-Chief (Eng-in-C)
- Chief of General Staff
- Chief of Logistics Staff
- Inspector-General of Training and Evaluation (IGT&E)
- Inspector-General Communications and IT (IGC&IT)
- Inspector-General Arms (IG Arms)
- Military Secretary (Mil Secy)
- Quartermaster General (QMG)
- Master-General of Ordnance (MGO)
- Judge Advocate General Corps
- Director-General EME (DGEME)
- Director-General Frontier Works Organisation (DGFWO)
- DG Combat Development Directorate
List of Chiefs of Army Staffs
|No.||Portrait||Chief of Army Staff||Took office||Left office||Time in office||Unit of Commission|
Tikka Khan HJ, HQA, SPk
|3 March 1972||1 March 1976||3 years, 364 days||2 Fd Regt Arty|
|1 March 1976||17 August 1988||12 years, 169 days||13 Lancers|
Mirza Aslam Beg NI(M), SBt
|17 August 1988||16 August 1991||2 years, 364 days||16 Baloch|
Asif Nawaz Janjua NI(M), SBt
|16 August 1991||8 January 1993 †||1 year, 145 days||5 Punjab|
Abdul Waheed Kakar NI(M), SBt
|11 January 1993||12 January 1996||3 years, 1 day||5 FF|
Jehangir Karamat NI(M), TBt
|12 January 1996||6 October 1998||2 years, 267 days||13 Lancers|
Pervez Musharraf NI(M), TBt
|6 October 1998||29 November 2007||9 years, 53 days||16 (SP) Medium Regt Arty|
Ashfaq Pervez Kayani NI(M), HI(C)
|29 November 2007||29 November 2013||6 years, 0 days||5 Baloch|
Raheel Sharif NI(M), HI(M)
|29 November 2013||29 November 2016||3 years, 0 days||6 FF|
Qamar Javed Bajwa NI(M), HI(M)
|29 November 2016||Incumbent||5 years, 263 days||16 Baloch|
- Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
- List of serving generals of the Pakistan Army
- Chief of Air Staff (Pakistan)
- Chief of Naval Staff (Pakistan)
- Chief of General Staff (Pakistan)
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