Awards and decorations of the Pakistan Armed Forces
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The awards and decorations of the Pakistan Armed Forces recognize a service member's service and personal accomplishments while a member of the Pakistan armed forces. Together with military badges, such awards are a means to outwardly display the highlights of a service member's career. A few of these medals and awards are also given to or have in the past been given to Pakistani civil service officers or civilians with special government permission. 
|Pakistan Armed Forces|
|پاکستان مسلح افواج|
Inter-Services Flag of Pakistan Armed Forces
|Founded||14 August 1947|
|Service branches|| Pakistan Army|
Pakistan Air Force
Pakistan Coast Guards
|Headquarters||Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi|
|Commander-in-Chief||President Arif Alvi|
|Prime Minister||Imran Khan|
|Minister of Defence||Pervez Khattak|
|Minister of Interior||Ijaz Shah|
|Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee||General Nadeem Raza, PA|
|Active personnel||653,000 (ranked 6th)|
|Deployed personnel||Saudi Arabia — 1,180|
|Budget||US$11.4 billion (2018)|
|Percent of GDP||4.0% (2018)|
|Ranks||Army ranks and insignia |
Naval ranks and insignia
Air Force ranks and insignia
|Nishan-e-Haider (Order of Haider)
The Nishan-e-Haider (Urdu: نشان حیدر meaning "Order of the Lion") is the Highest' military award given by Pakistan. Awarded "to those who have performed acts of greatest heroism or most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger and have shown bravery of the highest order or devotion to the country, in the presence of the enemy on land, at sea or in the air ..."
Recipients Nishan-e-Haider recipients receive an honorary title as a sign of respect: Shaheed meaning martyr for deceased recipients and Ghazi meaning victor for living recipients. As of Sept 19, 2013, all Nishan-e-Haider awards have thus far been given to the people engaged in battles with India.
01. Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed (1910–July 27, 1948)
|Hilal-i-Jurat (Crescent of Courage)|
|Sitara-i-Jurat (Star of Courage)|
|Tamgha-i-Jurat (Medal of Courage)|
|Imtiazi Sanad (Mentioned in Despatches)|
Campaign / War MedalsEdit
|Tamgha-e-Diffa (General Service Medal)|
|Sitara-e-Harb 1965 War (War Star 1965)|
|Sitara-e-Harb 1971 War (War Star 1971)|
|Tamgha-e-Jang 1965 War (War Medal 1965)|
|Tamgha-e-Jang 1971 War (War Medal 1971)|
Non-Operational Gallantry AwardsEdit
|Sitara-e-Basalat (Star of Good Conduct)|
|Tamgha-e-Basalat (Medal of Good Conduct)|
|Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Order of Excellence)|
|Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) (Crescent of Excellence)|
|Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) (Star of Excellence)|
|Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Medal of Excellence)|
|Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Class-I) (Medal of Service Class I)|
|Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Class-II) (Medal of Service Class II)|
|Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Class-III) (Medal of Service Class III)|
|Service Medal (10 Years)|
|Service Medal (20 Years)|
|Service Medal (30 Years)|
|Service Medal (35 years)|
|Service Medal (40 Years)|
|Pakistan Tamgha (Pakistan Medal)|
|Tamgha-e-Sad Saala Jashan-e-Wiladat-e-Quaid-e-Azam (100th Birth Anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah)|
|Tamgha-e-Jamhuria (Republic Commemoration Medal)|
|Hijri Tamgha (Hijri Medal)|
|Jamhuriat Tamgha (Democracy Medal)|
|Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha (Resolution Day Golden Jubilee Medal)|
|Tamgha-e-Salgirah Pakistan (Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal)|
|Tamgha-e-Baqa (Nuclear Test Medal)|
|Tamgha-e-Azm (Medal for Op Zarb-e-Azb)|
- "South Asia :: Pakistan — The World Factbook". un.org. CIA.
- International Institute for Strategic Studies (14 February 2018). The Military Balance 2018. Routledge. p. 291. ISBN 978-1-85743-955-7.
- "Troops already in Saudi Arabia, says minister". Dawn. 11 April 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
Our troops are already present in Tabuk and some other cities of Saudi Arabia.
- Syed, Baqir Sajjad (22 April 2017). "Raheel leaves for Riyadh to command military alliance". Dawn. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
Pakistan already has 1,180 troops in Saudi Arabia under a 1982 bilateral agreement. The deployed troops are mostly serving there in training and advisory capacity.
- Shams, Shamil (30 August 2016). "Examining Saudi-Pakistani ties in changing geopolitics". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
However, security experts say that being an ally of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is part of a security cooperation agreement under which about 1,000 Pakistani troops are performing an "advisory" role to Riyadh and are stationed in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries.
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- "Military expenditure by country as percentage of gross domestic product, 1988-2018" (PDF). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
- The Government of Pakistan, Cabinet Division Gazette, 1988 November, Sec C-109, pp11-12
- "PAF Combat website on military awards". Archived from the original on 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
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- This special commemorative medal of the Pakistan Resolution, 1940-1990, was also given in a limited edition to some civil service officers and also relations/descendants of those Muslim League leaders who actually signed the Pakistan Resolution in 1940. Ref A.Z. Shaikh, A Booklet on Some Commemorative Awards of the Government of Pakistan, 1947-1997 Islamabad: National Archives of Pakistan pubs, 1997, p 9