Awards and decorations of the Pakistan Armed Forces

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. [8]

Pakistan Armed Forces
پاکستان مسلح افواج
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Inter-Services Flag of Pakistan Armed Forces
Founded14 August 1947; 72 years ago (1947-08-14)
Service branchesFlag of the Pakistan Army Pakistan Army
Naval Jack of Pakistan Pakistan Navy
Ensign of the Pakistan Air Force Pakistan Air Force
Naval Standard of the Pakistan Marines Pakistan Marines
Pakistan Coast Guards
Ensign of the Pakistan Paramilitary Paramilitary Forces
HeadquartersJoint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi
Commander-in-ChiefPresident Arif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Minister of DefencePervez Khattak
Minister of InteriorIjaz Shah
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff CommitteeGeneral Nadeem Raza, PA
Military age16–23[1]
Active personnel653,000[2] (ranked 6th)
Deployed personnel Saudi Arabia — 1,180[3][4][5]
BudgetUS$11.4 billion (2018)[6]
Percent of GDP4.0% (2018)[7]
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RanksArmy ranks and insignia
Naval ranks and insignia
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Operational MedalsEdit

  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 ..."[9]

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)
02. Major Tufail Muhammad Shaheed (1914–August 7, 1958)
03. Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed (1938–September 10, 1965)
04. Major Muhammad Akram Shaheed (1938–1971)
05. Pilot Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed(Air Force) (1951–August 20, 1971)
06. Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (1943–December 6, 1971)
07. Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed (1949–December 10, 1971)
08. Lance Naik Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed (1944–December 17, 1971)
09. Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed (1970–July 5, 1999)
10. Havildar Lalik Jan Shaheed (1967–July 7, 1999)

  Hilal-i-Jurat (Crescent of Courage)
  Sitara-i-Jurat (Star of Courage)
  Tamgha-i-Jurat (Medal of Courage)
Imtiazi Sanad (Mentioned in Despatches)[10]

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 MedalsEdit

  Service Medal (10 Years)
  Service Medal (20 Years)
  Service Medal (30 Years)
  Service Medal (35 years)
  Service Medal (40 Years)

Commemorative MedalsEdit

  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)[11]
  Tamgha-e-Salgirah Pakistan (Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal)
  Tamgha-e-Baqa (Nuclear Test Medal)
Tamgha-e-Azm (Medal for Op Zarb-e-Azb)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "South Asia :: Pakistan — The World Factbook". CIA.
  2. ^ International Institute for Strategic Studies (14 February 2018). The Military Balance 2018. Routledge. p. 291. ISBN 978-1-85743-955-7.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Military expenditure by country, in constant (2017) US$ m., 1988-2018" (PDF). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Military expenditure by country as percentage of gross domestic product, 1988-2018" (PDF). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  8. ^ The Government of Pakistan, Cabinet Division Gazette, 1988 November, Sec C-109, pp11-12
  9. ^ "PAF Combat website on military awards". Archived from the original on 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
  10. ^ "Honours and Awards". Pakistan Army. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-06-06.
  11. ^ 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

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