List of Chiefs of Army Staff of Pakistan Army (1947 to date)

By Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema, Retd (2nd SSC)

Pictures of 16 Army Chiefs of Pakistan Army - List and Images of COAS from Pakistan Army

List of Army Chiefs (1947 to date)

C-in-C (Commander-in-Chief) of Pakistan Army
1.  ?? Gen Sir Frank Messervy (Aug 15, 1947 – Feb 10, 1948)
Parent unit: 9th Hodson’s Horse.
2.  IA-38 Gen Sir Douglas Gracey (Feb 11, 1948 – Jan 16, 1951)
Parent unit: 1st Gurkha Rifles.
3.  PA-10 Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan (Jan 17, 1951 – Oct 26, 1958)
Parent unit: 5 Punjab.
Course: Trained at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Date of Commission in British Indian Army; Feb 02, 1928).
4.  PA-28 Gen Muhammad Musa (Oct 27, 1958 – Sep 17, 1966)
Parent unit: 1 FF.
Course: Joined British Indian Army as a Jawan in 1926. Later joined Indian Military Academy at Dehra Dun as a cadet in October 1932 and got commission in 1935.
5.  PA-98 Gen Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan (Sep 18, 1966 – Dec 20, 1971)
Parent unit: 10 Baloch.
Course: Commissioned from Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun, on July 15, 1939.
6.  PA-457 Lt Gen Gul Hassan Khan (Acting C-in-C: Dec 20, 1971 – Jan 21, 1972. C-in-C: Jan 22, 1972 – Mar 2, 1972).
Parent unit: 5 Horse (Probyn’s)
Course: Commissioned from Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun, in 1942.
He was the only Army Chief who was not a four-Star General.

COAS (Chief of Army Staff) of Pakistan Army
7.  PA-124 Gen Tikka Khan (Mar 3, 1972 – Mar 1, 1976)
Parent unit: 12 Med Regt Arty.
Course: Joined the British Indian Army as a NCO in 1935, got commission on Dec 22, 1940.
8.  PA-1810 Gen Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (Mar 1, 1976 – Aug 17, 1988)
Parent unit: Guides Cavalry (FF).
Course: Commissioned from the Officer Training School, Mhow, on May 12, 1943.
9.  PA-4064 Gen Mirza Aslam Beg (Aug 17, 1988 to Aug 16, 1991)
Parent unit: 16 Baloch.
Course: 6th PMA L/C.
10. PA-5336 Gen Asif Nawaz Janjua (Aug 16, 1991 – Jan 8, 1993).
Parent unit: 5 Punjab.
Course: 15th PMA L/C.
11. PA-5977 Gen Abdul Waheed Kakar (Jan 12, 1993 – Jan 12, 1996)
Parent unit: 5 FF.
Course: 20th PMA L/C.
12. PA-6399 Gen Jehangir Karamat (Jan 12, 1996 – Oct 7, 1998)
Parent unit: 13 Lancers.
Course: 24th PMA L/C.
13. PA-6920 Gen Pervez Musharraf (Oct 7, 1998 – Nov 29, 2007)
Parent unit:16 (SP) Fd Regt Arty.
Course: 29th PMA L/C.
14. PA-12850 Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (Nov 29, 2007 – Nov 29, 2013)
Parent unit: 5 Baloch.
Course: 45th PMA L/C.
15. PA-???? Gen Raheel Sharif (29 Nov 29, 2013 – Nov 28, 2016)
Parent unit: 6 FF
Course: 54th PMA L/C.
16. PA-???? Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa (Nov 29, 2016 – Present)
Parent unit: 16 Baloch
Course: 62nd PMA L/C.

Reference: Official Website of Pakistan Army

List of Army Vice Chiefs
When President Yahya Khan was C-in-C, Gen Abdul Hamid Khan was appointed as Chief of Staff to run the Army affairs. Later, the post of VCOAS was created when Gen Zia-ul-Haq and Gen Pervez Musharraf, in addition to COAS, were also the President of Pakistan.

Pictures of  Vice Chiefs of Pakistan Army - Images of VCOAS from Pakistan Army
Chief of Staff
1. Gen Abdul Hamid Khan (25 March 1969 – 20 Dec 1971)
Parent unit: 10 Baloch.
Course:

VCOAS (Vice Chief of Army Staff)
2. Gen Sawar Khan (13 Apr 1980 – 23 March 1984)
Parent unit: 1 (SP) Med Regt Arty (FF).
Course:
3. Gen Khalid Mahmud Arif (22 March 1984 – 29 March 1987)
Parent unit: 11 Cavalry (FF).
Course: 1st OTS Course (from OTS Kohat).
4. Gen Mirza Aslam Beg (29 March 1987 – 17 Aug 1988)
Parent unit: 16 Baloch.
Course: 6th PMA L/C.
5. Gen Muhammad Yusaf Khan (8 Oct 2001 – 6 Oct 2004)
Parent unit: Guides Cavalry (FF).
Course: 37th PMA (Converted into Short Course).
6. Gen Ahsan Saleem Hayat (7 Oct 2004 – 7 Oct 2007)
Parent unit: 33 Cavalry.
Course:
7. Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (8 Oct 2007 – 28 Nov 2008)
Parent unit: 5 Baloch.
Course: 45th PMA L/C.

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Comments

  1. Lt Col Qabil Shah Tirmizi (R) says:

    Col Rashid Cheema,

    Sir, Memorable Effort. Allah Bless You.

  2. Maj Azmat Rashid, Retd (77 PMA) says:

    Sir,
    It is a commendable effort. Can we come to know about their parent units please?

  3. Brig Zafar Chaudhry (R) says:

    Dear Cheema,
    Good reference / research material.

  4. Maj M. Azam (37th PMA) U.K. says:

    Lt Col Cheema,
    Thanks for the useful list provided by you. Could anyone carry out the research and highlight the successes and failures of all the COASs?

  5. Brig Shaukat Qadir, Retd (42nd PMA L/C) says:

    Thanks Rashid. Good to have a list.

  6. Thanks for the List.

  7. Lt Gen Khateer Hasan Khan, Retd (16th War Course) says:

    Thanks Cheema. You are making great contributions. I wholeheartedly appreciate your dedication and hard work in this regard. Well Done and keep your good work moving forward.
    Stay blessed and Regards.

  8. Lt Col Muhammad Munir (3rd Graduate Course) says:

    Thanks for this information.

  9. Khalique Akram (USA) says:

    Dear Cheema,
    Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate your effort.

  10. Thank you, Cheema Jee, for this timely information to coincide with the change of Chiefs.

  11. Lt Col Amir Afzal Khan, Retd (40th PMA Long Course) says:

    Thank you Cheema. Very kind of you and God bless you.
    With regards,
    Col Afzal

  12. Lt Col Qadeer Ahmad, Retd, 24/29 Punjab (2nd SSC) says:

    Thanks Col Rashid Cheema. Good effort.

    • Capt Muhammad Abdul Qadir Faruqi (Saudi Arabia) says:

      Col Cheema,
      Great effort. You are simply outstanding. Thank you so much.

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