Admiral Noman Bashir
Admiral Noman Bashir is the current Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) of the Pakistan Navy, who took over on 7 October, 2008, when Admiral Afzal Tahir retired from the navy. He was appointed to that post by President Asif Ali Zardari on 5 October, 2008, after his and the then Chief of Staff (COS) Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun's names were sent to the President by the Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar. As Humayun was senior to Bashir, the former was superseded. Later however, Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun was appointed as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff (VCNS) on 31 October, 2008.His brother, Salman Bashir, is the current Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.
Service/branch (P No. 1471)
Years of service 1973 –
Commands held Commander Naval Aviation
Director Naval Intelligence
Commander Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK)
Commander Karachi (COMKAR)
Chief of Naval Staff
Awards Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military)
Noman Bashir was commissioned in operations branch of Pakistan Navy in June 1973. After completing sea training, he served on board various ships and then joined the aviation wing to be graduated as a helicopter pilot. He has commanded two aviation squadrons, two ships (frigate and corvette) and the Naval Aviation. He is a graduate of Joint Services Staff College, Chaklala, National Defence College, Islamabad and Royal College of Defence Studies, United Kingdom.At RCDS, his paper "Afghanistan and the 'New Great Game'" was shortlisted in the Seaford House Papers 2000. In it he has claimed that the Afghan Taliban are "inward rather than outward looking" and "they have also signalled readiness to engage constructively with the international community." Moreover, he says that "keeping Afghanistan broken and destabilized suits those who do not want the Caspian/Central Asian oil and gas pipelines to take one of the shortest and economical outlets over Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Arabian Sea."
Noman Bashir has served on staff appointment at Naval Headquarters as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations), Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Training), Director Naval Intelligence and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Projects-II). He has also served as Commodore Training Ashore, Senior Pakistan Armed Forces Officer in the Sultanate of Oman and did a tenure in Karachi Port Trust as the General Manager (Operations).
Chief of Naval Staff
Bashir was promoted to Rear-Admiral on 4 July, 2003 when he was serving as the Commander of Naval Aviation. He was then promoted to Vice Admiral on 19 July, 2007 while serving as the commander of Pakistan fleet. He was later posted as the commander Karachi (COMKAR), from where he was elevated to the post of Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) on 5 October, 2008.