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Pakistan Navy Admiral.svg
Flag of admiral in Pakistan Navy
15-Pakistan Navy-ADM.svg British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg
The shoulder stars, crossed swords, and sleeve stripes of a Pakistani Navy admiral of the "line".
Country  Pakistan
Service branch
Abbreviation ADM, AN, ADMPN
Rank Four-star
Non-NATO rank OF-9
Next higher rank Fleet Admiral (never-bestowed or doesn't exist)
Next lower rank Vice Admiral
Equivalent ranks General (Pakistan Army)
Air chief marshal (Pakistan Air Force)

Admiral /ædmərəl/ (abbreviated as ADM, AN or ADMPN) is a four-star commissioned armed flag officer rank and title in the Pakistan Navy, coast guards, and marines bestowed by the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.[1] It is the highest rank in Pakistan armed services, ranks above three-star Vice admiral and below never-bestowed or not-existed fleet admiral (in Pakistan) rank.[2] Admiral is equivalent to the rank of general and air chief marshal in the other armed forces.[3] Admiral is the only rank in Pakistan that helds chief of naval staff office.[4] The four-star Admiral commands the task allocations of or entire Pakistan Navy in an organisational structure aided by various statutory authorities such as naval secretary, hydrographer, Quartermaster general, engineer-in-chief, flag officer sea training, chief of naval logistics, and director-general of training and joint warfare.[2]

Sometimes, an admiral may be called as a full-admiral or a four-star admiral to distinguish the rank from other insignias such as three-star Vice admiral, two-star Rear admiral, fleet admiral or just "Admiral".[1]

Appointment and retirement

The appointment of admiral is made by the President of Pakistan, however appointment and reappointment advice is done by the prime minister.[5][6] Since country is governed by the Parliament of Pakistan as amended in constitution, the President plays a signatory-role in armed forces who exercises the power of the commander-in-chief in the country and determines the tenure of admiral in a joint effort with country's prime minister.

The retirement or service extension are governed by the constitution, however it is exercised by the president under certain rules and regulations.[7] The maximum age is set to 64, however it may not be applicable in times of state of emergency and crises such as ongoing armed conflict or any other situation that affects the national interest.[8]

Statutory limits

Because of the vast array of armed roles and responsibilities, coupled with a conspicuous presence on the national scene, the law of Pakistan restricts the unsanctioned use of power by a four-star admiral and can be constraint under a certain constitutional amendment.[9][10] An admiral can be explicitly removed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan over corruption charges or any other illegal activity involving national security.[11]


OF-9 Pakistan Army.svg

Insignia of a General in Pakistan army


Rank insignia of a four-star Air chief marshal of Pakistan.

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Siddiqui, Naveed (3 October 2017). "Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi to be new Chief of the Naval Staff". 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "The Navy: Everything you need to know about your naval defence - Pakistan Today". 
  3. "Pakistan Navy Official Website". 
  4. "Admiral Zafar Abbasi appointed as new naval chief". 
  5. "Pakistan appoints Zafar Mahmood Abbasi as new navy chief, vice-admiral to replace Muhammad Zakaullah". 
  6. "Seniority basis: Zafar Abbasi named new naval chief". 3 October 2017. 
  7. "The Pakistan Navy (Amendment) - National Assembly of Pakistan". 
  8. "Pakistan Army Chief case: Parliament passes crucial bill to ensure seamless extension of armed forces chiefs". 
  9. "Navy wants closed trial of Mansur". 
  10. "Too many targets". 
  11. "Ex-chief of Pakistan Navy is extradited". 24 May 2001. 

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