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Military of Pakistan
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Joint Services Parade in 2005.
Service branches
Headquarters Rawalpindi
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Tariq Majid
Secretary of Defence Lt Gen (R) Syed Athar Ali
Chief of Army Staff
Chief of Air Staff
Chief of Naval Staff
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
Rao Qamar Suleman
Noman Bashir
Military age 16-49 years old[1]
Available for
military service
39,028,014 males, age 16-49 (2007 estimate),
36,779,584 females, age 16-49 (2007 estimate)
Fit for
military service
29,428,747 males, age 16-49 (2007 estimate),
28,391,887 females, age 16-49 (2007 estimate)
Reaching military
age annually
1,969,055 males (2007 estimate),
1,849,254 females (2007 estimate)
Active personnel 619,000 (ranked 7th)
Reserve personnel 528,500
Budget $7.8 billion (ranked 23rd)
Percent of GDP 4.5 (2006 estimate)
Related articles
History Military history of Pakistan
UN peacekeeping missions
Weapons of mass destruction
Ranks Awards and decorations of the Pakistan military

Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) (Urdu: شعبہٴ تعلقات عامہ) is an administrative organization within the military of Pakistan that coordinates military information with Pakistan's public press. The ISPR is now headed by Major General Athar Abbas who took over from Major General Waheed Arshad on 15 January 2008.[2][3][4]



The public relations requirements of the Armed Forces are looked after by the ISPR Directorate. The ISPR Directorate was established in 1947. The Directorate is staffed with military and civilian officers. It functions as a part of the Joint Staff Headquarters and its purpose is to garner national support for the Armed Forces and strengthen their resolve to accomplish the assigned mission while undermining the will of the adversary. It also acts as an interface between the Armed Forces, the media and the public. It formulates much of the media policy of Pakistan's military, safeguards the Armed Forces from negative influences and monitors both international and domestic media.

The ISPR also issues notices regarding military exercises and notifies relevant parties and the public media about Pakistan's indigenous ballistic missile testing program. Apart from functioning as the public relations body of the Pakistan Army, the ISPR handles exclusive dissemination of information regarding Pakistan's military operations in Wana & Swat. The news of a clash in Balochistan between military contingents and unknown armed personnel resulting in the death of the tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti was also verified once the ISPR issued comments on the news. The news regarding the recent events of the Lal Masjid conflict was also disseminated by the ISPR.

The ISPR has also produced TV drama serials, such as the widely popular Alpha Bravo Charlie, Sunehre Din, 6th September Nishan-e-Haider plays and the recent miniseries Wilco.

List of ISPR Director Generals

  1. Colonel Shabaz Khan (May 1949 - July 1952) [5]
  2. Commodore Maqbool Hussain (August 1952 - October 1965)[5]
  3. Colonel Z A Suleri (November 1965 - August 1966)[5]
  4. Lieutenant Colonel Masud Ahmed (September 1966 - February 1967)[5]
  5. Brigadier A R Siddiqui (March 1967 - November 1973)[5]
  6. Brigadier Fazal ur Rehman (December 1973 - March 1977)[5]
  7. Brigadier T H Siddiqui (April 1977 - July 1985)[5]
  8. Brigadier Siddique Salik (August 1985 - August 17, 1988)[5]
  9. Major General Riaz Ullah (December 1988 - September 1991)[5]
  10. Major General Jahangir Nasrullah (October 1991 - April 1993]])[5]
  11. Major General Khalid Bashir (May 1993 - July 1994)[5]
  12. Brigadier S M A Iqbal (August 1994 - February 1995)[5]
  13. Major General Saleem Ullah (March 1995 - August 1998)[5]
  14. Brigadier Ghazanfar Ali (September 1998 - October 1998)[5]
  15. Major General Rashid Qureshi (November 1998 - May 2003)[5]
  16. Major General Shaukat Sultan Khan (June 2003- February 2007)[5]
  17. Major General Waheed Arshad (February 2007 - January 2008)[5]
  18. Major General Athar Abbas (January 2008 - present)[5]

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