FamilyHe Belongs to Urdu speaking family.He comes from a military family and his father, Lieutenant-Commander Muhammad Karimullah also served in the Royal Indian Navy and later the Pakistan Navy. Married Spouse name Nasreen Shahid and have three sons Ahmar, Azfar and Affar.
EducationAfter graduating from a local high school in 1963, he was admitted and studied at the famed D. J. Science College before joining the Pakistan Navy on October 1965.He was trained at the Pakistan Military Academy but later sent to United Kingdom to attend the Royal Navy's HMS Mercury where he graduated with a communication courses and gained military commission as a Midshipman in the Navy on October 1965. His S/ No. was 1126 issued by the Defence ministry and later promoted as Sub-Lieutenant in the Navy in 1971.
Appointed New Chief Of Navel Staff4th October 2002, Vice Admiral Shahid Karimullah was appointed as new Chief of Naval Staff and promoted to the rank of Admiral from the date he assumes his new office.Currently posted as Commander Pakistan Fleet, Admiral Karimullah was replaced Admiral Abdul Aziz Mirza. At that time former president General Pervez Musharraf made the prestigious appointment and in the process one senior naval officer -Vice Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Taj Khattak was superseded, though it is not yet known whether he would continue or resign in line with tradition of the armed forces.The change of command was held October 7 at PNS Zafar ground, Naval Complex Islamabad. It was expected that at lest two rear admirals would soon be promoted to the rank of vice admiral.
ExperienceHe is a communication specialist.He has a number of distinguished assignments to his credit both ashore and afloat. He commanded two destroyers, a major training establishment, the 25th Destroyer Squadron and the Fleet.
1971 Indo-Pak WarHe fought the 1971 Indo-Pak War while commanding a gunboat in erstwhile East Pakistan where he was seriously wounded in action and awarded Sitara-e-Jurrat for exceptional gallantry.
AppointmentsHis major staff appointments include Additional Secretary at Ministry of Defence, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Operations) and Director Signals at the Naval Headquarters. He has also served as Chief of Staff Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet and Directing Staff at the National Defence College. He was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral while holding the present appointment as Commander Pakistan Fleet.
- Gallant Commander (2005)
- Legion d'honneur (2005)
- Legion of Merit (2004)
- Nishan-e-Imtiaz (2002)
- Hilal-e-Imtiaz (2001)
- Sitara-e-Imtiaz (2001)
- Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (2000)
- Sitara-i-Jurat (1971)
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