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General Zubair Mahmood Hayat (Urdu:زبیر محمود حیات; b. 1960) NI(m) is the 16th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. A four-star rank army general of the Pakistan Army, he assumed office on 28 November 2016.

Zubair Mahmood Hayat

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Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
Assumed office
28 November 2016
Preceded byGen. Rashad Mahmood
Chief of General Staff
In office
9 April 2015 – 28 November 2016
Preceded byLt-Gen. I. Nadeem Ahmad
Succeeded byLt-Gen. Bilal Akbar
Director General Strategic Plans Division Force
In office
December 2013 – April 2015
Commander XXXI Corps Bahawalpur
In office
January 2013 – December 2013
Personal details
Zubair Mahmood Hayat
Citizenship Pakistan
RelationsLt-Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayat (brother)[1][2]
Maj-Gen. Ahmad Mahmood Hayat (brother)[3]
ParentsMaj-Gen. Mahmood Aslam Hayat (Father)
Alma materPakistan Military Academy
British Army Staff College
National Defence University[4]
Military service
Allegiance Pakistan
Branch/service Pakistan Army
Years of service1978–Present
RankOF-9 Pakistan Army.svgUS-O10 insignia.svgGeneral
Unit3(SP) Medium, Artillery Corps
CommandsXXXI Corps in Bahawalpur
DG Strategic Plans Division
GOC 17th Infantry Division
Military andAir attaché at the High Commission of Pakistan in London
Defence attaché at Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C.
Battles/wars2001 Indo-Pakistani standoff
2008 Indo-Pakistani standoff
2016 India-Pakistan military confrontation
AwardsOrder of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.pngNishan-i-Imtiaz (military)
Spange des König-Abdulaziz-Ordens.pngOrder of King Abdulaziz


Zubair Mahmood Hayat was born into a military family, and his father, Mohammad Aslam Hayat, served in the Pakistan Army, retiring as a major-general.[5] After graduating from a local high school, Hayat joined the Pakistan Army in 1978, and entered in the Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul where he passed out with a class of 62nd PMA Long Course from the PMA Kakul in 1980.[6]

Hayat gained a commission as 2nd-Lt. in the 3rd (SP) Medium, Artillery Corps on 24 October 1980.[7]

Lt. Hayat was further trained as a forward observer at the U.S. Army's Field Artillery School in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States, where he qualified and graduated as an artillery specialist.[7] In the United Kingdom, he attended the Staff College in Camberley, United Kingdom, and is a graduate of the National Defence University in national security coursework.[8] In 2000–2001, Lieutenant-Colonel Hyatt commanded the infantry regiment during the times of military tension between India and Pakistan.[6]

In 2002–04, Colonel Hayat was posted by the Ministry of Defence on a diplomatic assignment, serving as a military and air attaché at the High Commission of Pakistan in London, United Kingdom.:85[9]:57[10] In 2004–07, Col. Hayat was later posted as a defence attaché at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C., United States.[11]

In 2007, Col. Hayat was promoted to one-star army general, and moved to the Army GHQ after being recalled to Pakistan. Subsequently, Brigadier Hayat was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Chief of Army Staff's office, where he served until 2010.[12][13] In 2010-12, Brig. Hayat was promoted to the two-star rank; Major-General Hayat was appointed as a GOC of the 15th Infantry Division, stationed in Sialkot Cantt.[14][15]

In 2013, Lieutenant-General Hayat was elevated as a field commander of the XXXI Corps, stationed in Bahawalpur but this appointment remained short-lived.[16] In December 2013, he was appointed as Director-General of the Strategic Plans Division Force (SPD Force), which is responsible for providing protection to the country's nuclear arsenals.[17]

In 2015, Lt-Gen. Hayat was again posted at the Army GHQ and appointed as the Chief of General Staff under army chief General Raheel Sharif.[18][19][20]

Chairman joint chiefsEdit

In 2016, Prime Minister Sharif confirmed the timely retirement of Chairman joint chiefs General Rashad Mahmood, while General Raheel Sharif dismissed rumours of seeking the extension for his term.[21]

Initially, the race for the appointment for the army chief was rumored between Lt-Gen. Hayat and Lt-Gen. Javed Ramday who was close to the first family.[22] At the time of this promotion, Lt-Gen. Hayat was the most senior military officer in the military, and Prime Minister Sharif announced to appoint him as the Chairman joint chiefs.[23]

On 28 November 2016, Prime Minister Sharif announced the appointment of the junior-most General Javed Bajwa as the chief of army staff, superseding two senior army generals who were retired from their respective military services.[24]

In 2016, Gen. Hayat was awarded with Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military).[25][26][27]

In March 2019, at the conference organised by Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS)[28], in collaboration with Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), Karachi, he categorically underlined the historical foundation of Pakistan in Mehrgarh, and the mistakes made by United States in Afghanistan, in his key note address.

Reception and family backgroundEdit

In Pakistan's news media, Hayat is rumored to have been gifted with an eidetic memory, and a sharp reader.[29][30]

Zubair Mahmood Hayat is born into a military family, and his father, Mohammad Aslam Hayat, briefly served in the Pakistan Army, retiring as a major-general.[5] He has also served as PSO to General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. His brother, Lt-Gen. O.M. Hyatt, had briefly served as chairman of the Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) before being transferred and posted at the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) [31] while his younger sibling, Ahmad Mahmood Hayat served as a Director General in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).[32]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Ali, Shafqat (Nov 27, 2016). "Pakistan PM Sharif picks his man, Bajwa is new Army chief". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Profile of Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat". The News International. November 26, 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat takes over as CJCSC". Dawn newspaper. Nov 28, 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Profile of Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat". The News International. November 26, 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b Shah, Sabir (13 April 2015). "Five Chiefs of General Staff served as head of Pakistan Army in 64 years". News International. News International. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b News Desk, N (28 November 2016). "Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat takes command of CJCSC - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune. The Express Tribune. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b Editorial (December 2017). "Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat: New Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee". ISPR Hilal Magazine. 54 (12). Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  8. ^ "General Qamar Bajwa COAS, General Zubair Hayat CJCSC". Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  9. ^ Defence, Great Britain Ministry of (2002). The Army List. H.M. Stationery Office. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  10. ^ Office, Great Britain Foreign and Commonwealth (2004). The London Diplomatic List. H.M. Stationery Office. ISBN 9780115917820. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  11. ^ "General Qamar Bajwa COAS, General Zubair Hayat CJCSC". Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  12. ^ Javed, Farhat (31 July 2016). "Who will be Pakistan's next Chief of Army Staff?". Geo News report. Geo News. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Who will be the next Army Chief? | SAMAA TV". Samaa TV. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  14. ^ Desk, Web (26 November 2016). "New CJCSC Pakistan General Zubair Mahmood Hayat Profile | TheNewsTribe". TheNewsTribe. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  15. ^ Banerji, Rohit (15 January 2013). "Pakistan Army: New promotions to three star rank | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. DNA India, Pakistan Desk. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat appointed as new CJCSC".
  17. ^ "New chief to oversee SPD - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 19 December 2013.
  18. ^ Reporter, The Newspaper's Staff (10 April 2015). "Army's key posts change hands". DAWN.COM. Dawn Newspaper. Dawn Newspaper. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  19. ^ "Who will be the next army chief?". DAWN.COM. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Who will be the new army chief?". Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  21. ^ War correspondent, staff wrtier (25 January 2016). "I don't believe in extension, will retire on due date: Gen Raheel Sharif". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Lt General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, tipped to be Pakistan Army chief, visits China". The Indian Express. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  23. ^ "General Zubair Mahmood Hayat appointed CJCSC". Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  24. ^ Editor, Ashfaq Ahmed, UAE Deputy (29 November 2016). "Pakistan: General Qamar Javed Bajwa takes charge at a critical time". Gulf News. Archived from the original on 1 March 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  25. ^ "Nishan-e-Imtiaz awarded to COAS General Bajwa and CJCSC General Hayat". Daily Times (Pakistan). December 31, 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  26. ^ "President presents Nishan-e-Imtiaz to COAS, CJCSC". Geo News. December 31, 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  27. ^ "President confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Gen Qamar Bajwa, Gen Zubair Hayat". Dunya News. December 31, 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  28. ^ US has realised it's mistake in Afghanistan[1][2]
  29. ^ "Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat takes over as CJCSC". DAWN.COM. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  30. ^ "Gen Zubair takes command of CJCSC - PakObserver". PakObserver. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  31. ^ Syed, Baqir Sajjad (2 April 2017). "Vice chief of general staff made Mangla corps head". DAWN.COM. Dawn Newspapers. Dawn Newspapers. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  32. ^ "Prominent generals for top posts in 2019". Retrieved 1 January 2018.

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Preceded by
Rashad Mahmood
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
2016 - present