Hifazat Ullah Khan

Air Marshal Hifazat Ullah Khan, HI(M), SBt (Urdu: حفاظت اللہ خان‎), is former three-star general air officer who served as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) of Pakistan Air Force from 29 March 2009 till 4 October 2010.[1]

Hifazat Ullah Khan
Allegiance Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistan Air Force
Years of service1974–2010
RankUS-O9 insignia.svg Air Marshal (Lieutenant General)
UnitNo. 5 Squadron Falcons
Commands heldVice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS)
Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel)
AOC Northern Air Command
Base Commander PAF Base Samungli
OC No. 33 Tactical Attack Wing
No. 5 Squadron Falcons
Air attaché in Saudi Arabia
Battles/wars2001 India-Pakistan standoff
2008 Indo-Pakistan standoff
War in North-West Pakistan
AwardsCrescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military)
Sitara-e-Basalat Pakistan.svg Sitara-i-Basalat
Sitara-i-Imtiaz Pakistan.svg Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military)
Medal of Excellence Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.png Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military)

Education and Early LifeEdit

Hifazat was born in Mianwali. He is graduate of PAF College Lower Topa where he belonged to V Entry. He then joined the Pakistan Air Force Academy at Risalpur and was commissioned on 25 October 1974 in 58th GD(P) course. He has qualified Staff College and Air War Course from PAF Air War College; L'ESGI and CSI from the École Militaire in France. He holds a M.Sc. in Strategic studies, from Karachi University.[2]

Air Force careerEdit

Air Marshal Hifazat got commissioned in 1974 in General Duties (Pilot) Branch of Pakistan Air Force (PAF). A fighter pilot of Mirage III, he has commanded No. 5 Tactical Attack and Reconnaissance Squadron, No. 33 Tactical Attack Wing as Commanding Officer and has served as flying instructor at the Combat Commanders School. In staff jobs, he has served as director flight safety and deputy project director JF-17 Thunder programme at the air headquarters. He has commanded an operational air base PAF Base Samungli. Thereafter, he was promoted to two-star general rank in Air Force as Air Vice Marshal and served as director general NAB Frontier. In November 2004, he was appointed air officer commanding Northern Air Command of PAF.

Senior staff appointments in PAFEdit

In March 2006, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Personnel) and in July 2007, he was promoted to the three-star general rank in the Air Force as Air Marshal. On 29 March 2009 Air Marshal Hifazat Ullah Khan was appointed Vice Chief of the Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force.

External appointmentsEdit

He has also previously served as Air and Naval Attaché at the Pakistan Embassy in Saudi Arabia.