Shahid Iqbal, 763/Jinnah

Vice Adm Shahid Iqbal

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Shahid Iqbal, kit no. 763/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1966 and left the college in 1971 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 15 July 1953. He got married to Mrs. Ghazala on 12 February 1982. They have three children - Ghana, Amina and Hammad.

His wife Mrs. Ghazala expired due to severe heart attack on 31 March 2013 at Islamabad.

Shahid has the distinction of being the fourth Petarian to reach the rank of a Vice Admiral. He was also decorated with the Hilal-e-Imtiaz(Military) medal.

Shahid Iqbal got his commission as an officer of the Pakistan Navy in 1974 in the Operations Branch.

He is an operations specialist and holds Principal Warfare Officer Specialization from School of Maritime Operations UK.  He is graduate of Pakistan Navy and Turkish Staff Colleges and holds Masterís degree in Defence and Strategic studies from National Defence University Islamabad, which he qualified in 1999.

Vice Admiral Shahid has rich experience of various command and staff appointments.  His operational assignments included Operation Officer duties onboard DDGs, Commands of FAC (M) and Destroyer (DDG).  As operational staff, he has served as Fleet Navigation and Operations Officer and Chief Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet.  At Naval Headquarters, he held the duties of Director Naval Operations, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations). 

He has also served as faculty member at PN War College and Armed Forces War College (NDU).  In addition he also held the assignments of Director General Naval Intelligence.

In October 2005, Shahid Iqbal was promoted to the rank of a rear admiral of the Pakistan Navy for his meritorious service.

In 2006, he was given the position as Commander Task Force-150 (Multinational Naval Force led by the US 5th Fleet) at NAVCENT Bahrain, Commander Pakistan Fleet.  This is the first time in the history of NAVCENT that an officer of a "regional nation" (i.e. non-American or European) was given command of any of the three coalition task forces that comprise the Combined Maritime Force.

After return from Bahrain, he was appointed as Dy. Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) in 2006-2007, followed by appointment as Commander Pakistan Fleet in 2008. He then served as DCNS (Training)

In October 2008, Shahid Iqbal was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral and served as Chief of Staff at Naval Headquarters Islamabad until his retirement in 2011.

Subsequently, he was appointed as the Rector of Bahria University, Islamabad in 2012. He is currently serving in that position.