Zafar Mahmood Abbasi

Admiral (R) Zafar Mahmood Abbasi (Urdu: ظفر محمود عباسى), NI(M), HI(M), SI(M), is a former four-star rank admiral of the Pakistan Navy who served as the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) of Pakistan Navy from 7 October 2017 till 7 October 2020.[1]

Zafar Mahmood Abbasi
Pakistan Navy Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.jpg
Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi
Birth nameZafar Mahmood Abbasi
Nickname(s)Z.M. Abbasi
Allegiance Pakistan
Service/branchNaval Jack of Pakistan.svg Pakistan Navy
Years of service1979–2020
Rank15-Pakistan Navy-ADM.svgUS-O10 insignia.svgAdmiral
Service numberPN-2381
Commands heldVice Chief of Naval Staff
Combined Task Force 150
Commander Pakistan Marines
Commander Logistic
Maritime Security Agency
25th Destroyer Squadron
Battles/wars2001-2002 India-Pakistan standoff
War in North West-Pakistan
Operation Enduring Freedom–HOA
2016 India-Pakistan military confrontation
AwardsOrder of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.pngNishan-i-Imtiaz (military)
Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.pngHilal-i-Imtiaz (military)
Star of Excellence Sitara-e-Imtiaz.pngSitara-i-Imtiaz (military)
Spange des König-Abdulaziz-Ordens.pngOrder of King Abdulaziz
Sword of Honour @ Royal Military College of Canada.jpgSword of Honour
Bintang Jalasena Utama (Indonesia)


Abbasi joined the Pakistan Navy in 1979 after graduating from Cadet College Hasanabdal. He was educated at the Pakistan Naval Academy and did his initial training at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in the United Kingdom.[2] He was commissioned in the Navy as a Lieutenant in 1981 upon graduating from the Naval Academy and was conferred with the Sword of Honour.[3] He served as an executive officer in a Tariq-class destroyer.[3]

Later he joined the Submarine Branch, and specialised in underwater warfare in Pakistan as well as qualified for the surface warfare from the United States.[4]

He is a graduate of the Royal Australian Naval College, attending it in 1989, and attained a B.S., and a MSc from the National Defence University.[5]

His command assignment included his role as commandant of the Naval Academy, as well as Director-General of the Maritime Security Agency, which he commanded from 2010 until 2011.[6] From 2001–2003, he was the commanding officer of the PNS Khaiber.[3] From 2005 until 2007, he commanded the 21st Mine Squadron and 25th Destroyer Squadron.[3] In 2008, he was promoted to one-star rank, Commodore, and was the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) and later, the Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Plans), until he was promoted to two-star rank in 2010.[7]

Rear-Admiral Abbasi took over the command of the Combined Task Force 150 which he led from April 2010 until October 2010.[8] In 2013, Rear-Admiral Abbasi took over the command as Commander Logistics (COMLOG) but this was a short-lived appointment.[9]

In 2013, Rear-Admiral Abbasi was appointed as the Commander of the Karachi Coast (COMCOAST), becoming Flag officer commanding (FOC) of the Pakistan Marines.[10]

In 2014, Rear-Admiral Abbasi was appointed as fleet commander of the Pakistan Navy as Commander Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK) with three-star rank promotion.[11][12][2][13]

In 2014, Vice-Admiral Abbasi was a contender to be appointed as a four-star admiral and take over the command of the Navy as its Chief of Naval Staff, alongside with Vice-Admiral Khan Hasham bin Saddique and Vice-Admiral S. A. Hussaini.[14] However, the most senior admiral in the Navy, Admiral Mohammad Zakaullah was promoted to the four-star appointment,[15] He continued serving as the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations) at the Naval Headquarters.[16]

Upon the retirement of Vice-Admiral Khan Hasham bin Saddique, Vice-Admiral Abbasi took over as the vice chief of naval staff in June 2017.[17]

Chief of Naval StaffEdit

On 3 October 2017, Vice-Admiral Abbasi was promoted to four-star admiral in the Navy, and was announced by the MoD of his appointment to take over the command of the Navy as Chief of Naval Staff.[18] He supersedes no one and was the senior most-ranking admiral in the Navy.[19]

On 7 October 2017, Admiral Abbasi took over the command of the Navy as Chief of Naval Staff from outgoing Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah at the PNS Zafar in Islamabad.[20]

On 30 October 2017, Admiral Abbasi was conferred and honored with Nishan-i-Imtiaz (military) by the President Mamnoon Hussain for "recognition of his long meritorious services, exceptionally commendable performance and inspirational devotion to duty."[21]

On 13 March 2018, Abbasi was awarded with Saudi Arabia's Order of King Abdulaziz by the Chief of General Staff of the Royal Saudi Armed Forces Fayyadh Al Ruwaili.[22] On 2 February 2020, Abbasi was awarded Bintang Jalasena Utama, Indonesia's highest military award.[23]

He retired from the Pakistan Navy as Chief of the Naval Staff on 7 October, 2020.[24]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Foreign Awards
  Legion of Merit of Turkey
  Order of Abdulaziz al Saud (Saudi Arabia)[22]
Bintang Jalasena Utama (Indonesia)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Zafar Mahmood Abbasi takes over command as Pakistan Navy chief". Pakistan Navy.
  2. ^ a b Staff writers (22 August 2014). "Promotions: Two rear admirals made vice admirals". The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune, 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d staff correspondents (2010). "Promotions in Navy notified". Business Recorder. Business Recorder, 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi SI(M)". Google documents.
  5. ^ "Rear Admirals Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Syed Arifullah Hussaini promoted Vice Admiral". Official news pakistan. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  6. ^ "::Pakistan Maritime Security Agency::". PMSA. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  7. ^ "PM approves Pak Navy promotions". DAWN.COM. Dawn Newspaper, 2010. 1 January 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Pakistan Assumes Command of Combined Task Force 150". 15 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Rear Admiral Z M Abbasi takes over as Commander Logistics and Rear Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini as Commander Coast Pakistan Navy | Pakistan Press Releases". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Transfer of Commands in Pakistan Navy". Pakistan Military & Defence News. Pakistan Military & Defence News. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Rear Admiral Zafar assumes Pakistan fleet command". DAWN.COM. 31 May 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Rear Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi takes over as Commander Pakistan Fleet, Rear Admiral Imdad Hussain Jafri as Commander Logistic Pakistan Navy". medialinepakistan. medialinepakistan. 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi HI(M) Commander Pakistan Fleet in a group". The News International. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Navy chief to retire next week". DAWN.COM. Dawn Newspapers, 2014. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  15. ^ staff (30 November 2014). "Vice Admiral Khan Hasham appointed Vice Naval Chief". News International. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  16. ^ "KARACHI: October 29 – Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Operations), Vice Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi and Commander Pakistan Fleet, Vice Admiral Arif Ullah Hussaini along with Turkish Mission Commander witnessing the exercise onboard the Turkish Ship Buyukada at North Arabian Sea. APP | APP Photo Service". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Pakistan Navy - Ilm Se Dunya". Ilm Se Dunya. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  18. ^ Anis, Mohammad; Zaafir, M. Saleh (4 October 2017). "Admiral Zafar Abbasi appointed as new naval chief". The News International. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  19. ^ staff writers (10 October 2017). "Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi appointed Pakistan's new Naval Chief". Daily Pakistan Global. Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  20. ^ Siddiqui, Naveed (7 October 2017). "Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi takes charge of Pakistan Navy". DAWN.COM. Dawn Newspaper, 2017. Dawn Newspaper. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  21. ^ "President confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Naval Chief Zafar Abbasi". Dunya News. Retrieved 31 October 2017.
  22. ^ a b "Naval chief awarded medal in Saudi Arabia". Geo News. 13 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Indonesia's highest military award conferred on Naval Chief". The News International. 2 February 2020.
  24. ^ "Admiral Amjad Niazi assumes command of Pak Navy". The Nation. 2020-10-08. Retrieved 2020-10-10.

External linksEdit

Military offices
Preceded by
ADM Muhammad Zakaullah
Chief of Naval Staff
7 October 2017 – Present