Awards and decorations of the Pakistan Armed Forces

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Pakistan Armed Forces
پاکستان مسلح افواج
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Inter-Services Flag of Pakistan Armed Forces
Founded (1947-08-14) August 14, 1947 (age 72)
Service branchesFlag of the Pakistan Army Pakistan Army
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HeadquartersJoint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi
Commander-in-ChiefPresident Arif Alvi
Prime MinisterImran Khan
Minister of DefencePervez Khattak
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff CommitteeGeneral Zubair M. Hayat, PA
Military age17–23[1]
Active personnel653,000[2] (ranked 6th)
BudgetUS$11.4 billion (2018)[3]
Percent of GDP4.0% (2018)[4]
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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.


Operational Medals[edit]

Nishan Haider Ribbon.gif 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 ..."[5]

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)
11. Saif Ali Janjua (April 25,1922-October 10,1948) (He was awarded with Hilal-e-Kashmir. Hilal-e-Kashmir has same rank as Nishan-e-Haider. )

Hilal-i-Jur'at Pakistan.svg Hilal-i-Jurat (Crescent of Courage)
Sitara-i-Jur'at Pakistan.svg Sitara-i-Jurat (Star of Courage)
Tamgha-i-Jurat Pakistan.svg Tamgha-i-Jurat (Medal of Courage)
Imtiazi Sanad (Mentioned in Despatches)[6]

Campaign / War Medals[edit]

Tamgha-e-Diffa Pakistan.svg Tamgha-e-Diffa (General Service Medal)
Sitara-e-Harb 1965 War Pakistan.svg Sitara-e-Harb 1965 War (War Star 1965)
Sitara-e-Harb 1971 War Pakistan.svg Sitara-e-Harb 1971 War (War Star 1971)
Medal ribbonː Tamgha-e-Jang 1965 War Pakistan.png Tamgha-e-Jang 1965 War (War Medal 1965)
Tamgha-e-Jang 1971 War Pakistan.svg Tamgha-e-Jang 1971 War (War Medal 1971)

Non-Operational Gallantry Awards[edit]

Sitara-e-Basalat Pakistan.svg Sitara-e-Basalat (Star of Good Conduct)
Tamgha-e-Basalat 1957-86 Pakistan.svg Tamgha-e-Basalat (Medal of Good Conduct)
Nishan-i-Imtiaz Pakistan.svg Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Order of Excellence)
Hilal-i-Imtiaz Pakistan.svg Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) (Crescent of Excellence)
Sitara-i-Imtiaz Pakistan.svg Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) (Star of Excellence)
Tamgha-i-Imtiaz Pakistan.svg Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military) (Medal of Excellence)
Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class I Pakistan.svg Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Class-I) (Medal of Service Class I)
Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class II Pakistan.svg Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Class-II) (Medal of Service Class II)
Tamgha-i-Khidmat Class III.svg Tamgha-i-Khidmat (Class-III) (Medal of Service Class III)

Service Medals[edit]

10-year Service Medal.svg Service Medal (10 Years)
20-year Service Medal.svg Service Medal (20 Years)
30-year Service Medal Pakistan.svg Service Medal (30 Years)
Service Medal (35 years)
40-year Service Medal.svg Service Medal (40 Years)

Commemorative Medals[edit]

Pakistan Tamgha Pakistan.svg Pakistan Tamgha (Pakistan Medal)
Tamgha-e-Sad Saala Jashan-e-Wiladat-e-Quaid-e-Azam.svg Tamgha-e-Sad Saala Jashan-e-Wiladat-e-Quaid-e-Azam (100th Birth Anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah)
Tamgha-e-Jamhuria, A.H.1375.svg Tamgha-e-Jamhuria (Republic Commemoration Medal)
Hijri Tamgha, Pakistan.svg Hijri Tamgha (Hijri Medal)
Jamhuriat Tamgha Pakistan.svg Jamhuriat Tamgha (Democracy Medal)
Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha Pakistan.svg Qarardad-e-Pakistan Tamgha (Resolution Day Golden Jubilee Medal)
Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal, 2006.svg Tamgha-e-Salgirah Pakistan (Independence Day Golden Jubilee Medal)
Tamgha-e-Baqa Pakistan.svg Tamgha-e-Baqa (Nuclear Test Medal)
Tamgha-e-Azm (Medal for Op Zarb-e-Azb)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pakistan Military 2016". CIA world Fact BOOK. Archived from the original on 27 March 2016. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ International Institute for Strategic Studies (14 February 2018). The Military Balance 2018. Routledge. p. 291. ISBN 978-1-85743-955-7.
  3. ^ "Military expenditure by country, in constant (2017) US$ m., 1988-2018" (PDF). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 2019. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Military expenditure by country as percentage of gross domestic product, 1988-2018" (PDF). Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  5. ^ "PAF Combat website on military awards". Archived from the original on 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2007-01-22.
  6. ^ "Honours and Awards". Pakistan Army. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2009-06-06.

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