Minister of Defence (Pakistan)

The Minister of Defence (Urdu: 'Wazīr-ē-Difa') heads the Ministry of Defence and Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, and Pakistan Navy. The minister serves in the cabinet of the Prime Minister, and is required to be a member of Parliament.

Minister of Defense
State emblem of Pakistan.svg
Incumbent
Pervez Khattak

since 30 August 2018
Ministry of Defense
Member ofCabinet
Reports to
SeatCalcutta House, Murree Road Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan. 46000
AppointerPresident on the advice of the Prime Minister
First holderLiaquat Ali Khan
Websitemod.gov.pk

In the history of the country, the defence portfolio has usually been headed by the head of the government, be that the President or Prime Minister of the country. The first defence minister, not also to be the head of the government, was General Ayub Khan, then Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army. From the 1980 onwards, the defence minister became a unique personality, and presently it is considered one of the big five cabinet portfolio along with the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Interior Minister portfolios.


List of Defence MinistersEdit

No. Portrait Prime Minister
(Born-Died)
Term Political Party
Took office Left office Duration
1Liaquat Ali Khan
(1895–1951)
15 August 194716 October 19514 years, 62 daysPML
2Khawaja Nazimuddin
(1894–1964)
24 October 195117 April 19531 year, 183 daysPML
3Muhammad Ali Bogra
(1909–1963)
18 April 195324 October 19541 year, 190 daysPML
4General
Ayub Khan
(1907–1974)
25 October 195411 August 1955290 daysPML
5Chaudhry Muhammad Ali
(1905–1982)
12 August 195512 September 19561 year, 31 daysPML
6Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy
(1892–1963)
13 September 195618 October 19571 year, 35 daysAll Pakistan Awami Muslim League
7Mumtaz Daultana
(1916–1995)
19 October 195718 December 195760 daysPML
8Feroz Khan Noon
(1893–1970)
[a]
19 December 19578 April 1958110 daysRepublican Party
9Muhammad Ayub Khuhro
(1901–1980)
9 April 19587 October 1958181 daysPML
(4)Ayub Khan
(1907–1974)
28 October 195821 October 19667 years, 358 daysPML
10Vice Admiral
Afzal Rahman Khan
(1921–2005)
22 October 19665 April 19692 years, 165 daysIndependent
11Yahya Khan
(1917–1980)
6 April 196920 December 19712 years, 259 daysIndependent
12Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(1928–1979)
24 December 19715 July 19775 years, 193 daysPPP
13Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
(1924–1988)
14 January 197827 August 1978225 daysIndependent
14Mir Ali Ahmed Khan Talpur28 August 197826 February 19856 years, 182 daysIndependent
(13)Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq
(1924–1988)
27 February 198524 March 198525 daysIndependent
15Muhammad Khan Junejo
(1932–1993)
25 March 198529 May 19883 years, 65 daysPML
16Mahmoud Haroon
(1920–2008)
(Caretaker)
9 June 19881 December 1988175 daysIndependent
17Benazir Bhutto
(1953–2007)
4 December 19886 August 19901 year, 245 daysPPP
18Ghous Ali Shah
(born 1934)
10 September 199117 July 19931 year, 310 daysPML (N)
19Aftab Shaban Mirani19 October 19935 November 19963 years, 17 daysPPP
20Shahid Hamid
(Caretaker)
6 November 199617 February 1997103 daysIndependent
21Nawaz Sharif
(born 1949)
17 February 199712 October 19992 years, 237 daysPML (N)
22Pervez Musharraf
(born 1949)
12 October 199923 November 20023 years, 42 daysIndependent
23Rao Sikandar Iqbal
(1943–2010)
23 November 200215 November 20074 years, 357 daysPPP
24Salim Abbas Jilani
(Caretaker)
16 November 200725 March 2008130 daysIndependent
25Ahmad Mukhtar
(born 1946)
31 March 20083 June 20124 years, 64 daysPPP
26Naveed Qamar
(born 1955)
4 June 201215 March 2013284 daysPPP
27Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
(born 1929)
5 April 20134 June 201360 daysIndependent
(21)Nawaz Sharif
(born 1949)
7 June 201326 November 2013172 daysPML (N)
28Khawaja Muhammad Asif
(born 1949)
27 November 201328 July 20173 years, 243 daysPML (N)
29Khurram Dastgir Khan
(born 1970)
4 August 201731 May 2018300 daysPML (N)
30Hussain Haroon
(born 1950)
(Caretaker)
5 June 201818 August 201874 daysIndependent
31Pervez Khattak
(born 1950)
30 August 2018Incumbent1 year, 175 daysPTI

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Noon was PM while Akbar Bugti was minister of state for defence in his cabinet.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nawab Bugti: maligned, but widely respected". DAWN.COM. 2006-08-28. Retrieved 2017-08-28.

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