Pakistani generals

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  1. Pervez Musharraf

    Pervez Musharraf


    Pervez Musharraf (Urdu: پرویز مشرف‎; born 11 August 1943), is a Pakistani politician and a retired four-star army general who tenured as the tenth President of Pakistan from 2001 until tendering resignation to avoid impeachment in 2008.

  2. Iftikhar Janjua

    Iftikhar Janjua


    Major General Iftikhar Khan Janjua Shaheed, HJ & Bar, SPk, SQA, (Urdu: افتخار خان جنجوعہ) (died December 9, 1971) of the Pakistan Army is the most senior Pakistani officer to have been killed in action. He is known in Pakistan as the hero of Rann of Kutch, as he was a brigadier in command of 6 Brigade, during the fighting in April 1965 prior to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. He died in a helicopter crash, in Kashmir, during the Battle of Chamb while in command of 23 Infantry Division during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.

  3. Aboobaker Osman Mitha

    Aboobaker Osman Mitha


    Major General Aboobaker Osman Mitha, usually shortened to AO Mitha, (1923–1999), HJ, SPk, SQA, was a legendary two-star rank general who was the pioneer of the "stay behind" concept and founder of Pakistan's Special Service Group (SSG), an independent Commando Brigade of the Pakistan Army. He was to the SSG what David Stirling was to Britain's Special Air Service.

  4. Ahmad Shuja Pasha

    Ahmad Shuja Pasha


    Lieutenant General Ahmad Shuja Pasha (Urdu: احمد شجاع پاشا‎), HI(M) (born 18 March 1952) was the Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's main intelligence service, from October 2008 until March 2012. He was due to reach the age of superannuation on 18 March 2010, but has received one extension. His tenure was extended by a year, until 18 March 2012 when he retired. Pasha has been replaced by Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam. In 2011, Ahmad Shuja Pasha was named as one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.

  5. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq

    Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq


    Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq (Urdu: محمد ضياء الحق‎; 12 August 1924 – 17 August 1988), was a Pakistani general who served as the 6th President of Pakistan from 1978 until his death in 1988, after declaring martial law in 1977. He was Pakistan's longest-serving head of state.

  6. Ayub Khan

    Ayub Khan


    Ayub Khan (Urdu: محمد ایوب خان‎; 14 May 1907 – 19 April 1974) was the second President of Pakistan. He was the first native four-star general and also the self-appointed and only Field Marshal of Pakistan Army till date. He became president in 1958 following a bloodless military coup removing President Iskander Mirza and served as president till 25 March 1969's resignation among a political upheaval in East Pakistan.

  7. Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi

    Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi


    Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi (Urdu: امیر عبداللہ خان نیازی‎; c. 1915 – 2 February 2004), was a former lieutenant-general in the Pakistan Army, served as the last governor and martial law administrator of East Pakistan and the last unified commander of the Eastern Military High Command of the Pakistan Armed Forces. Presided over East Pakistan for only two days, Niazi was responsible for the eastern contingent of the Pakistan Armed Forces during the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War and the Bangladesh Liberation War, jointly with Vice-Admiral Mohammad Shariff, Commander of Eastern Naval Command. General Niazi is still remembered as the "Jackal of Bengal" in Pakistan due to his surrender. His awards were withdrawn and he was stripped of his honors.

  8. Habibullah Khan Khattak

    Habibullah Khan Khattak


    Lieutenant General Habibullah Khan Khattak also known as Muhammad Habibullah Khan (October 17, 1913 – 1994) was a Pakistani Army officer born in Karak, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Pakistan.

  9. Abdul Waheed Kakar

    Abdul Waheed Kakar


    General Abdul Waheed Kakar (Urdu: عبدالوحید کاکڑ‎), NI(M), HI(M), SBt, afwc, fsc(c) (20 March 1937 –), was the Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army from 12 January 1993 to 12 January 1996. He was appointed to that position after the sudden death of former General Asif Nawaz, even though there were four generals with more seniority. As the political climate of the country simmered during his tenure, Kakar pressured both the President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif into resigning, thus precipitating in the 1993 general elections.

  10. Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan

    Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan


    Begum Sheila Irene Pant (Urdu: شیلا ارانی پنٹ‎) February 1905 – 13 June 1990 (formerly Sheila Irene Pant), DPhil, NI, was one of the leading woman figures in the Pakistan Movement along with her husband Liaquat Ali Khan, and a career economist, and prominent stateswoman from the start of the cold war till the fall and the end of the cold war. Ra'anna was one of the leading woman politicians and nationwide respected woman personalities who started her career in 1940s and witnessed key major events in Pakistan. She was one of the leading and pioneering woman figures in the Pakistan Movement and served as the executive member of Pakistan Movement committee working under Muhammad Ali Jinnah. She also served as economic adviser to Jinnah's Pakistan Movement Committee and later became First Lady of Pakistan when her husband Liaqat Khan Ali became Pakistan's first prime minister. As First Lady of Pakistan, she launched programs for woman's development in the newly founded country. Later, she would start her career as a stateswoman that would last a decade.

  11. Shamsur Rahman Kallu

    Shamsur Rahman Kallu


    Lieutenant General Shamsur Rahman Kallue was a veteran intelligence officer and a general in the Pakistan Army. He was also head of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI).

  12. Akhtar Abdur Rahman

    Akhtar Abdur Rahman


    General Akhtar Abdur Rahman Khan or Akhtar Abdur Rehman Khan (Urdu: اختر عبد الرحمن‎; 11 June 1924 – 17 August 1988), was an influential four-star rank general officer who tenured as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan from 1987–1988 and as Director-General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) from 1979-1987. As director of the ISI, Akhtar holds a world prestige for masterminding the resistance network against the Soviet Union in their war to protect the fragile regime of Communist Afghanistan.

  13. Syed Shahid Hamid

    Syed Shahid Hamid


    Major General Syed Shahid Hamid (Urdu: سید شاہد حامد‎) HJ (17 September 1910 – 12 March 1993) was a 2 star general in the Pakistan Army and a close associate of President Field Marshal Ayub Khan who played an important and an instrumental role in bringing Field Marshal Ayub Khan to power in the 1958 coup d'état that overthrew the government of President Major-General Iskander Mirza. Major General Syed Shahid Hamid was the first Master General of Ordnance (MGO) of Pakistan Army. A descendant of Amir Kulal, General Shahid Hamid was an inside player in the crucial months during Independence in 1947. A veteran intelligence officer, he authored numerous books, notably the Autobiography of a General which was last published in 1965. His other books are "Courage is a Weapon", "Early Years of Pakistan" and "So they Rode and Fought".

  14. Rao Farman Ali

    Rao Farman Ali


    Major-General Rao Farman Ali Khan (Urdu: راؤ فرمان علی; 1923 – January 21, 2004) was a senior and high profile officer who commanded combatant assets and elements of the Corps of Military Police during the East-Pakistan war and following the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. As commander of Military police and senior military adviser as well, Ali executed and oversaw the internal and external deployment and operations of military police in East-Pakistan and security forces including the Volunteers unit. Initially a forward observer in Regiment of Artillery and later as military adviser in East Pakistan, Ali was one of the most powerful men in East-Pakistan and one of the persons allegedly or directly responsible for 1971 atrocities.

  15. Zahid Ali Akbar Khan

    Zahid Ali Akbar Khan


    Lieutenant-General Zahid Ali Akbar Khan (Urdu: زاہد على اكبر; January 9, 1933), TKdt, was an engineering officer in the Pakistan Army who oversaw the construction of the General Headquarters (GHQ), and is well known as the director of the Kahuta Project as part of the Pakistan's acquisition of integrated atomic bomb project. After graduating from the of Military College of Engineering, Akbar was commissioned in Corps of Engineers, and took participation in both the 1965 and the 1971 wars; and finally reached to a prestigious three-star assignment, the Engineer-in-Chief, while he also served as the military Science Adviser advising the military government of Zia-ul-Haq on important matters on science and technology, from 1977 until 1983.

  16. Khalid Shameem Wynne

    Khalid Shameem Wynne


    General Khalid Shameem Wynne (born 28 August 1953) is a retired Pakistani four-star general officer who tenured as the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee before retiring on 7 October 2013. Prior to his promotion, the official statement noted that "General Wynne was appointed as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee by President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani."

  17. Shamim Alam Khan

    Shamim Alam Khan


    Shamim Alam Khan, NI(M), SJ, SBt, (born 1937) is a retired four-star rank general in the Pakistan Army who served as the Supreme Commandant of the Pakistan Defense Forces as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee from 1991 to 1994. A former member of the Special Service Group, Khan also commanded the II Corps at Multan and XXXI Corps at Bahawalpur and was the Chief of General Staff (CGS) at the Army GHQ.

  18. Mian Ghulam Jilani

    Mian Ghulam Jilani


    Major General Mian Gulam Jilani (SQA, Imtiazi Sanad) (March 1, 1913 – March 1, 2004) was a two-star general officer in the Pakistan Army who, as an Indian Army officer during the Second World War had survived a Japanese PoW camp at Singapore. He subsequently rose to help negotiate Pakistan's membership in the Baghdad Pact and the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization. An ethnic Pashtun, he retired from the Pakistan Army in 1962 and was jailed 1973 for his political beliefs. Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience in 1974. He escaped from custody and took political asylum in the United States in 1975.

  19. Zahirul Islam Abbasi

    Zahirul Islam Abbasi


    Major General Zahirul Islam Abbasi (12 January 1943 – 30 July 2009) was a former commander and officer of the Pakistan Army. Serving in the Siachen region of the disputed territory of Kashmir, Abbasi planned and executed assaults on Indian Army posts. Abbasi was accused and convicted for a period of 7 years for being party to an attempted coup d'état against the civilian government of Benazir Bhutto in 1995 while he was still a serving Major General in Pakistan Army. No political party was linked to this coup attempt as determined by the courts.

  20. Jamshed Gulzar Kiani

    Jamshed Gulzar Kiani


    Lieutenant-General Jamshed Gulzar Kiani (20 July 1944 – 1 November 2008) was a Pakistan Army intelligence officer and the former Colonel Commandant of the X Corps and Baloch Regiment. An illustrative and long career army and intelligence officer, Kiani came into limelight when he had served as Director-General of the Pakistan Army's Military Intelligence and the commander of the X Corps. Having remembered as an upright and an honest officer during his military career, Kiani had served as a chairman of Federal Public Service Commission during the General Musharraf's regime and had to leave when he, and the then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz developed differences.

  21. Jehangir Karamat

    Jehangir Karamat


    General Jehangir Karamat, (Urdu: جہانگیر کرامت; born 20 February 1941) NI(M), SBt, is a retired four-star rank army general, military academic, and a former professor of political science at the National Defense University who held four-star assignments– the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee from 1997 to 1998, and as the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army from January 1996 to October 1998. After retiring from military service, he continued as a professor of Political science at the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad. In 2004, he was appointed as Pakistan Ambassador to the United States where he served from November 2004 until June 2006. He is also one of very few army generals in the military history of Pakistan to have resigned over a disagreement with the civilian authorities.

  22. Naseerullah Babar

    Naseerullah Babar


    Major-General Naseerullah Khan Babar (Urdu: نصيرالله خان بابر; born 1928—10 January 2011) was Minister of Internal Security of Pakistan.

  23. Javed Ashraf Qazi

    Javed Ashraf Qazi


    Lieutenant General Javed Ashraf Qazi (Urdu: جاوید اشرف قاضی‎), HI(M), SBt, (born 4 September 1941) is a Pakistani general and politician who is currently a Senator in the Parliament of Pakistan. During his army career, Qazi headed the Inter-Services Intelligence from 1993 to 1995 and Military Intelligence from 1990 to 1991. During his political career, he served as a cabinet minister under President-General Pervez Musharraf, first as Communications Minister (2000–2002) and then as Education Minister (2004–2007).

  24. Yahya Khan

    Yahya Khan


    Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan (Urdu: آغا محمد یحیی خان,4 February 1917 – 10 August 1980), widely known as Yahya Khan was a Pakistani general who served as the 3rd President of Pakistan from 1969 until East Pakistan's secession to Bangladesh in 1971, and Pakistan's defeat in the Indo-Pakistani war of the same year.

  25. Tanveer Naqvi

    Tanveer Naqvi


    Lt. Gen. (R) Syed Tanveer Hussain Naqvi is a retired three-star general of Pakistan Army. A close aide of Pervez Musharraf, he was the former head of National Reconstruction Bureau of Pakistan.

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