Two-time gold medalist appointed new naval chief

Published: October 3, 2014
Vice Admiral Zakaullah. PHOTO: FILE

Vice Admiral Zakaullah. PHOTO: FILE


Twice Asian Games gold medalist and an ace yachtsman, Vice Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah has been appointed the new chief of Pakistan Navy.

President Mamnoon Hussain, who is also the supreme commander of armed forces of the country, on Thursday approved Zakaullah’s promotion as four-star admiral and appointed him the new Chief of Naval Staff. He will take charge of the office on October 7, the day outgoing Naval Chief Muhammad Asif Sandila will retire.

Vice Admiral Zakaullah has represented Pakistan at numerous international events including 1984 Olympics (USA), 1986 Asian Games (South Korea) and 1990 Asian Games (China). He won the gold medal at the Asian Games twice and various other awards at International Sailing Championships.

Zakaullah was among the three other three star vice admirals of the Pakistan Navy whose names were being considered for the top slot.

The newly promoted admiral will command the navy for the next three years.

In a ceremony scheduled to take place at PNS Zafar Naval Complex in the federal capital on October 7, the outgoing naval chief will hand over the command of Pakistan Navy to the new chief.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 3rd, 2014.

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  • Kapt Slim
    Oct 3, 2014 - 2:20PM

    Congratulations to the new Admiral on well deserved promotion and appointment.
    The officer has already brought many laurels to this nation and we do hope that under his able leadership Pakistan Navy will sail to new heights.


  • mujtaba
    Oct 4, 2014 - 2:04PM

    Hes also the first sword of honor to become chief of the naval staff!!


  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Oct 7, 2014 - 1:10PM

    Merit and not sifarish is counted in case of Admiral Muhammad Zakaulah which is very much heartening to be honest and hence it must be appreciated whole heartedly and I wish that from now onward the principle of merit and merit only be quite strictly applied in all appointments including cabinet ministers, advisors and assistants, head of organizations etc. Sifarshi tattoos who have already been inducted directly or indirectly by honorable PM Nawaz be shunted out and meritorious only be inducted instead, if not annoying to honorable PM Nawaz otherwise Go Nawaz Go. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi


  • Ayaz Hussain Abbasi to
    Oct 8, 2014 - 7:58AM

    I am extending my heartfelt felicitations to him and hoping for positive best onward.


  • zill-e-hassan
    Oct 25, 2014 - 3:51AM

    congratulation MUHAMMAD ZAKAULLAHA looking. smart .


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