Ministry of Defence Production (Pakistan)

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Ministry of Defence Production
Agency overview
Formed2 September 2004 (2 September 2004); 15 years ago
  • Defense Production Division
JurisdictionGovernment of Pakistan
HeadquartersPakistan Secretariat-II in Rawalpindi, Punjab
Minister responsible
  • Lt General (R) Anwar Ali Haider, Minister of Defence Production
Agency executive

The Ministry of Defence Production (Urdu: وزارت دفاعی پيداوار; Trans.: Wazarat-e-Defai Padawar) abbreviated as MoDP, is an executive ministry of the federal Government of Pakistan with objectives of development and production of ordnance and machinery for the Pakistan Armed Forces.

Established as a separate ministry from its parent agency, Ministry of Defence in 2004, the MoDP oversees the development of conventional military weapons system through its separately funded organizations.

Organizational structure[edit]

The Ministry of Defence Production is headed by Minister of Defence Production who is an elected member of parliament. The minister of defense production is assisted by the secretary of defense production—a usually a military officer. The MoDP is located in the vicinity of Ministry of Defense in Rawalpindi.

The ministry's bureaucracy is split into three wings, administration, projects, and foreign collaboration, each overseen by an assistant secretary.


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) established the "Directorate for General Supply and Development (DG&D) in 1947; it was reorganized as "Defense Purchase Directorate" in 1953.[2]: 9–10 

After the war with India in 1965, the MoD took initiatives to increase domestic production of ordnance for the Pakistani military, and the "Defence Production Division" was established in 1972.[3]: 110  Between 1970s–80, the assistance provided by China, France and Sweden, the MoD was able to established the Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) for army, Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) for the air force, and expanded the work scope of the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works for the navy.[3]: 110–115 

In a view of export control of weapon designs and ammuinition production in 2004, the Division was separated from the MoD and was established as "Ministry of Defence Production."[4]

Development agencies[edit]

The Ministry of Defence Productions owns and sponsors five major organizations that includes Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT), Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works (KSEW), Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF), and National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC); though the corporate leadership is provided by the Pakistani military.[5][6][7]

The Research and Development Establishment (RDE) is a research and development administration within the MoDP that manages and oversee its two research installations– the Institute of Optronics (IOP) and Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC)– dedicated for weapons development for the military.[7]

The Defence Science & Technology Organization (DESTO) and Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) are two major federal agencies that oversees the national security related technological development and export control of its designs and products.[7]


The MoDP is a federal and official sponsor of the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) through its agency, the Defence Export Promotion Organization, since 2002.[8] The IDEAS conference is held in Karachi Expo Centre biennially.[9]

List of ministers of defence production[edit]

No. Federal ministers[10] Term Political party Prime Minister
Took office Left office
1 Maj. Habibullah Warraich 2 September 2004 15 November 2007 PML-Q Shaukat Aziz
- Salim Abbas Jilani (caretaker) 17 November 2007 30 March 2008 Independent Mohammad Soomro'
2 Tanveer Hussain 31 March 2008 13 May 2008 PML N Yousaf Raza Gillani
3 A.Q. Khan Jatoi 3 November 2008 3 October 2010 PPP
4 Makhdoom Shahabuddin 14 December 2010 11 February 2011 PPP
5 Pervaiz Elahi 3 May 2011 19 June 2012 PML-Q
22 June 2012 24 June 2012 Pervaiz Ashraf
6 Bahadur Khan 26 June 2012 16 March 2013 PPP
7 Tanveer Hussain 8 June 2013 3 May 2018 PML N Nawaz Sharif
8 Usman Ibrahim 4 May 2018 31 May 2018 PML N
- Naeem Khalid Lodhi (caretaker) 27 June 2018 16 August 2018 Caretaker Nasirul Mulk
9 Zubaida Jalal 20 August 2018 10 April 2022 PML-Q Imran Khan
10 Israr Tareen April 2022 10 August 2023 Balochistan Awami Party Shehbaz Sharif
11 Anwar Ali Haider 17 August 2023 till date Caretaker Anwarul Haq Kakar

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF DEFENCE PRODUCTION". Ministry of Defence Production, Pakistan (official). 30 April 2022. Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  2. ^ Foreign Commerce Weekly. Bureau of International Commerce. 1953. Retrieved 29 July 2023.
  3. ^ a b Pakistan Intelligence, Security Activities and Operations Handbook - Strategic Information and Developments. IBP, Inc. August 2013. ISBN 978-1-4387-3722-5.
  4. ^ "Ministry of Defence Production". Retrieved 29 July 2023.
  5. ^ "MoDP: PAC" (PDF). MoDP. Retrieved 5 August 2023.
  6. ^ "MoDP: NTRC" (PDF). Retrieved 5 August 2023.
  7. ^ a b c "MoDP: RDE" (PDF). Retrieved 5 August 2023.
  8. ^ "DEPO - The Defence Export Promotion Organization". Retrieved 5 August 2023.
  9. ^ "MoDP: IDEAS". Retrieved 5 August 2023.
  10. ^ "Ministry of Defence Production". Retrieved 2020-03-08.

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