Minister of Defence (Pakistan)

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Minister of Defense
Incumbent
Anwar Ali Haider
since 17 August 2023
Ministry of Defense
Member ofCabinet
Reports to
SeatCalcutta House, Murree Road Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. 46000
NominatorPrime Minister of Pakistan
AppointerPresident of Pakistan
First holderLiaquat Ali Khan
Websitemod.gov.pk

The Minister of Defence (Urdu: 'وزیرِ دفاع') heads the Ministry of Defence. The minister serves in the cabinet of the Prime Minister and is required to be a member of Parliament.

In the history of the country, the defence portfolio has usually been headed by the head of the government, be that the President or Prime Minister of the country. The first defence minister was Liaquat Ali Khan.

List of Defence Ministers[edit]

No. Portrait Minister
(Born-Died)
Term Political Party
Took office Left office Duration
1
Liaquat Ali Khan
Liaquat Ali Khan
(1895–1951)
15 August 194716 October 19514 years, 62 daysPML
2
Khawaja Nazimuddin
Khawaja Nazimuddin
(1894–1964)
24 October 195117 April 19531 year, 183 daysPML
3
Muhammad Ali Bogra
Muhammad Ali Bogra
(1909–1963)
18 April 195324 October 19541 year, 190 daysPML
4
Ayub Khan
General
Ayub Khan
(1907–1974)
25 October 195411 August 1955290 daysPML
5
Chaudhry Muhammad Ali
Chaudhry Muhammad Ali
(1905–1982)
12 August 195512 September 19561 year, 31 daysPML
6
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
(1892–1963)
13 September 195618 October 19571 year, 35 daysAll Pakistan Awami Muslim League
7
Mumtaz Daultana
Mumtaz Daultana
(1916–1995)
19 October 195718 December 195760 daysPML
8
Feroz Khan Noon
Feroz Khan Noon
(1893–1970)
[a]
19 December 19578 April 1958110 daysRepublican Party
9
Muhammad Ayub Khuhro
Muhammad Ayub Khuhro
(1901–1980)
9 April 19587 October 1958181 daysPML
(4)
Ayub Khan
Ayub Khan
(1907–1974)
28 October 195821 October 19667 years, 358 daysPML
10
Afzal Rahman Khan
Vice Admiral
Afzal Rahman Khan
(1921–2005)
22 October 19665 April 19692 years, 165 daysIndependent
11
Yahya Khan
Yahya Khan
(1917–1980)
6 April 196920 December 19712 years, 259 daysIndependent
12
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(1928–1979)
21 December 19715 July 19775 years, 193 daysPPP
13
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
(1924–1988)
14 January 197827 August 1978225 daysIndependent
14
Mir Ali Ahmed Khan Talpur
Mir Ali Ahmed Khan Talpur
(1915–1987)
28 August 197826 February 19856 years, 182 daysIndependent
(13)
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
(1924–1988)
27 February 198524 March 198525 daysIndependent
15
Muhammad Khan Junejo
Muhammad Khan Junejo
(1932–1993)
25 March 198529 May 19883 years, 65 daysPML
16
Mahmoud Haroon
Mahmoud Haroon
(1920–2008)
(Caretaker)
9 June 19881 December 1988175 daysIndependent
17
Benazir Bhutto
Benazir Bhutto
(1953–2007)
4 December 19886 August 19901 year, 245 daysPPP
18
Ghous Ali Shah
Ghous Ali Shah
(born 1934)
10 September 199117 July 19931 year, 310 daysPML(N)
19
Aftab Shaban Mirani
Aftab Shaban Mirani19 October 19935 November 19963 years, 17 daysPPP
20
Shahid Hamid
Shahid Hamid
(Caretaker)
6 November 199617 February 1997103 daysIndependent
21
Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif
(born 1949)
17 February 199712 October 19992 years, 237 daysPML(N)
22
Pervez Musharraf
Pervez Musharraf
(1943–2023)
12 October 199923 November 20023 years, 42 daysIndependent
23
Rao Sikandar Iqbal
Rao Sikandar Iqbal
(1943–2010)
23 November 200215 November 20074 years, 357 daysPPP
24
Salim Abbas Jilani
Salim Abbas Jilani
(Caretaker)
16 November 200725 March 2008130 daysIndependent
25
Ahmad Mukhtar
Ahmad Mukhtar
(born 1946)
31 March 20083 June 20124 years, 64 daysPPP
26
Naveed Qamar
Naveed Qamar
(born 1955)
4 June 201215 March 2013284 daysPPP
27
Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
(1929–2021)
5 April 20134 June 201360 daysIndependent
(21)
Nawaz Sharif
Nawaz Sharif
(born 1949)
7 June 201326 November 2013172 daysPML(N)
28
Khawaja Muhammad Asif
Khawaja Muhammad Asif
(born 1949)
27 November 201328 July 20173 years, 243 daysPML(N)
29
Khurram Dastgir Khan
Khurram Dastgir Khan
(born 1970)
4 August 201731 May 2018300 daysPML(N)
30
Hussain Haroon
Hussain Haroon
(born 1950)
(Caretaker)
5 June 201818 August 201874 daysIndependent
31
Pervez Khattak
Pervez Khattak
(born 1950)
30 August 201810 April 20223 years, 223 daysPTI
28
Khawaja Muhammad Asif
Khawaja Muhammad Asif
(born 1949)
19 April 202210 August 20231 year, 113 daysPML(N)
32
Anwar Ali Haider
Anwar Ali Haider
(Caretaker)
17 August 2023Incumbent195 daysIndependent

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Noon was PM while Akbar Bugti was minister of state for defence in his cabinet.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nawab Bugti: maligned, but widely respected". DAWN.COM. 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2017-08-28.

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