Pakistan’s President names Vice Admiral Amjad Khan Niazi as chief of naval staff
President Arif Alvi has approved the appointment of Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi as the next Chief of Naval Staff (CNS).
Admiral Niazi will replace Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, who retires on October 6. The change of command will take place on October 7 at PNS Zafar in Islamabad.
Biography of Pakistan’s new Navy Chief
Vice Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi was commissioned in Operations Branch of the Pakistan Navy in 1985. He is the winner of the coveted Sword of Honour, awarded to the best officer upon completion of initial training at Pakistan Naval Academy.
The CONS-designate has served on various command and staff appointments during his service.
“His command appointments of the admiral include command of two Type 21 ships PNS BADR and PNS TARIQ, Commander 18thDestroyer Squadron, Commandant PNS BAHADUR, Commandant Pakistan Navy War College/ Commander Central Punjab Lahore, Commander Pakistan Fleet and Commander Karachi,” according to Pakistan Navy statement.
“His distinguished staff appointments include Principal Secretary to Chief of the Naval Staff, Head of F-22P Mission China, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Training & Evaluation) and Director General Naval Intelligence. Currently, the Admiral is serving as Chief of Staff (Operations) at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad,” the press release added.
The admiral is also a graduate of Army Command & Staff College Quetta and National Defence University Islamabad. He has a master’s degree in Underwater Acoustics from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China
In recognition of his meritorious services, the admiral had been awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Sitara-e- Basalat. He was also conferred with the French Medal Chevalier (Knight) by the Government of France.