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The Defence Minister of Pakistanmarker heads the Ministry of Defence, under which serve the three armed forces of the country, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Air Force, and Pakistan Navy. The minister serves in the cabinet of the Prime Minister, and is required to be a member of Parliament.

In the history of the country, the defence portfolio has usually been headed by the head of the government, be that the President or Prime Minister of the country. The first defence minister, not also to be the head of the government, was General Ayub Khan, then Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army. From the 1980 onwards, the defence minister became a unique personality, and presently it is considered one of the big five cabinet portfolio along with the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Interior Minister portfolios.

The current Defence Minister is Ahmad Mukhtar who took over on 31 March, 2008.

List of Defence Ministers of Pakistan

Name of Defence Minister Entered Office Left Office
Liaquat Ali Khan 15 August, 1947 16 October, 1951
Khawaja Nazimuddin 24 October, 1951 17 April, 1953
Muhammad Ali Bogra 17 April, 1953 24 October, 1954
General Ayub Khan 24 October, 1954 11 August, 1955
Chaudhry Muhammad Ali 11 August, 1955 12 September, 1956
Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy 12 September, 1956 18 October, 1957
Mian Mumtaz Daultana 18 October, 1957 18 December, 1957
Feroz Khan Noon 18 December, 1957 8 April, 1958
Muhammad Ayub Khuhro 8 April, 1958 7 October, 1958
Ayub Khan 28 October, 1958 21 October, 1966
Vice Admiral (R) Afzal Rahman Khan 12 October, 1966 5 April, 1969
Yahya Khan 5 April, 1969 20 December, 1971
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto 24 December, 1971 5 July, 1977
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq 14 January, 1978 27 August, 1978
Ali Ahmad Talpur 27 August, 1978 26 February, 1985
Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq 26 February, 1985 24 March, 1985
Muhammad Khan Junejo 24 March, 1985 29 May, 1988
Mahmoud Haroon (caretaker) 9 June, 1988 1 December, 1988
Benazir Bhutto 4 December, 1988 6 August, 1990
Ghous Ali Shah 10 September, 1991 17 July, 1993
Aftab Shaban Mirani 19 October, 1993 5 November, 1996
Shahid Hamid (caretaker) 5 November, 1996 17 February, 1997
Nawaz Sharif 17 February, 1997 12 October, 1999
Pervez Musharraf 12 October, 1999 23 November, 2002
Rao Sikandar Iqbal 23 November, 2002 15 November, 2007
Salim Abbas Jilani (caretaker) 16 November, 2007 25 March, 2008
Ahmad Mukhtar 31 March, 2008 Incumbent


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