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CAA Board Members Profiles


Mr. Muhammad Ali Gardezi

Secretary Aviation / Chairman CAA Board

Mr. Muhammad Ali Gardezi assumed the charge as Secretary Aviation / Chairman CAA Board on 1st July, 2013. After graduation and passing CSS exam, he joined the Government Service (DMG Group) in 1981 and has served in the provinces of Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab. He has served as Assistant Commissioner KAMBER, Administrator Afghan Refugees, Municipal Commissioner Karachi (East), Deputy Commissioner Shikarpur in the province of Sindh. He has served as Commercial Secretary Budapest in Hungary. He has served as Additional Secretary Home, Commissioner Sibbi and Principal Secretary to Governor in the province of Balochistan. He has served as Director Finance MDA, Director General Katchi Abadi, Project Coordinator South Punjab Urban Improvement Project, Managing Director PSIC, Secretary Labour and Commissioner Multan Division in the province of Punjab. He has served as Chairman NHA Islamabad and Secretary Ministry of Climate Change. He has special skills in Time Management, Motivation & Leadership, Decision Making, Target Achieving, Excellent Communication Skills and Self-Grooming.


Air Marshal Sohail Gul Khan, HI(M)

Vice Chief of the Air Staff / Member CAA Board

Air Marshal Sohail Gul Khan assumed the charge as Vice Chief of Air Staff on 8th August, 2014. He graduated in GD (P) Branch of PAF with the distinction of Sword of Honour in April 1979. After doing his Flight and Operational Conversion Courses, he flew all types of Chinese and French fighter aircraft on PAFs’ inventory. He is an accomplished fighter pilot with rich experience on F-16. He has been an instructor at Combat Commanders’ School and has commanded a Fighter Squadron, a Fighter Flying Wing and a Fighter Base. He has attended various professional courses, which include National Defence Course (NDC), Command & Staff Course (UK), Combat Commander Course (F-16), Centrifuge Course (USA), Electronic Warfare Officers Course (USA) and Fighter Integration Course. He has a Master’s degree in defence studies from King’s College, London and Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from National Defence University, Islamabad. He has served as Chief Inspector (Operations) at the Inspector General’s Branch, Deputy Director Plans (Operations), Director of Operations, Director General Air Force Strategic Command, Inspector General Air Force, Air Headquarters Islamabad, Air Officer Commanding Northern Air Command, PAF Peshawar and Director General Logistics at Joint Staff Headquarters, Chaklala. He has also served in the China as Leader JF-17 Development Team. He was serving as Chairman PAC Board, Kamra prior to assuming charge as Vice Chief of the Air Staff. In recognition of his meritorious services, he has been decorated with awards of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military), Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military).


Mr. Hassan Nawaz Tarar

Secretary Planning & Development Division / Member CAA Board

Mr. Hassan Nawaz Tarar was appointed as Federal Secretary Planning Division on 01.02.2013. Before his promotion and appointment as Federal Secretary, he was Additional Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat looking after, amongst others, the economic issues raised at the level of the Prime Minister. Mr. Tarar is a career civil servant of the Pakistan Administrative Service (formerly DMG) who has brought in 32 years of rich administrative experience in a broad range of public services. He has held key assignments in the areas of international economic cooperation, finance, excise and taxation, labour and human resource development, education, urban management, accountability of public servants and sub regional management. He holds Masters Degrees in Political Science and Journalism in addition to his Bachelors in Law from the University of Punjab. He also obtained a Masters in Social Sciences (Development Administration) from Birmingham University, United Kingdom.


Air Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Yousaf

Director General CAA / Member CAA Board

Air Marshal (Retd) Muhammad Yousaf assumed the charge as Director General Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority on 5th November, 2013. He joined Pakistan Air Force in 1972 and commissioned in GD(P) Branch in June, 1975. He had a distinguished career in PAF as a Fighter Pilot. During his flying career he flew most of the fighter aircraft including F-86, F-6, F-7 & F-16. His command assignments included, command of a fighter squadron, flying wing and a flying Base. He also commanded Central Air Command, served as Chief Project Director Falcon (F-16), Director General (Log) JSHQ and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Support) at AHQ. He is a graduate of Air War College and NDC course. He has also done Senior Executive Course from USA. For his meritorious services the Government of Pakistan conferred on the Air Marshal the Hilal in Order of Imtiaz (Military), and Tamgha-e-Basalat.


Mr. Amjad Ali Toor

Additional Secretary, Aviation Division / Member CAA Board

Mr. Amjad Ali Toor, after graduation joined Pakistan Air Force in 1977 as Fighter Pilot. He has served as ADC to Prime Minister of Pakistan from 1990 to 1991. Thereafter he joined Civil Service in 1991 as Assistant Commissioner. He has served as Deputy Secretary Home, Balochistan, Deputy Commissioner Qalat, Deputy Director (Food) Punjab, Deputy Commissioner Jhelum, EDO (Finance & Planning) Rawalpindi and DCO Rawalpindi. He also served as Project Director (Barani Village Project) Rawalpindi – a project of International Donors for poverty alleviation and conducted workshops at Syria, Bangkok and Pakistan. Before taking over the charge as Additional Secretary, Aviation Division, he remained Joint Secretary (Aviation) Ministry of Defence for the last four years.



Additional Secretary, Finance Division / Member CAA Board

Nomination is awaited from Ministry of Finance.


Mr. Nisar Muhammad

Member (Customs), Federal Board of Revenue / Member CAA Board

Mr. Nisar Muhammad has been appointed as Member Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Board on 1st January, 2014. He is MBA and M. Sc (Defence & Strategic Studies). He has got foreign training in Executive Leadership Programme from Harvard University, USA (Jan-Feb, 2005). He has also attended Foreign Conferences/Workshops, which include Workshops / Conferences at WCO Regional Centres in South Korea, Malaysia & China, IMF Regional Conference at Tokyo and Workshops at Madrid, Hong Kong & Morocco. His career profile includes Member (Strategic Planning, Reforms and Statics) FBR, Chief Collector of Customs (North) Islamabad, Collector of Customs Karachi and Chief, FBR.


Lt. Gen. (Retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi

Member CAA Board

Lt. Gen. (Retd) Salahuddin Tirmizi has been appointed as Member Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Board on 1st January, 2014. He is B.Sc Honours – Balochistan University Quetta and M.Sc War studies – Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. He was commissioned in Pakistan Army, Armoured Corps in October, 1964 and retired from Pak Army as Lieutenant General on 2nd March, 2000 after completing full colour service (35 ½ years). His major assignments in Pak Army are Instructor at National Defence College, Commander 3 Independent Armoured Brigade Group, Chief of Staff 4 Corps, General Officer Commanding First Armoured Division, Director General Armoured Corps, GHQ, Director General Anti Narcotics Task Force (ANTF), Chairman Pakistan Narcotics Board (PNCB) and later, on merger of the two departments and creation of Anti Narcotics Force (ANF), its first Director General (also held additional appointment of Secretary Narcotics Control Division during the period of merger of ANTF and PNCB, raising of the force and framing of laws), Commander 2 Corps and Commandant National Defence College, Islamabad. He has visited various countries of Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Australia as Leader / Member of Pakistani Delegation on Study Tours, Conferences and Courses. In recognition of his meritorious services, has been honoured and awarded Imtiazi Sanad in 1965 War, Tamgha-i-Basalat, Hilal-i-Imtiaz Military and Sitara-i-Basalat.


Air Marshal (Retd) Najeeb Akhtar

Member CAA Board

Air Marshal (Retd) Najeeb Akhtar has been appointed as Member Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Board on 1st January, 2014. He joined Pakistan Air Force in the flying branch in 1964 and was commissioned in 1966 as a pilot. He flew all major combat aircrafts (F-86, F-6, Mirage and F-16) over a flying career of over 32 years. He participated in the 1971 Indo-Pak war as a Mirage Pilot from Sargodha. During his flying career he held the appointments of a fighter Squadron Commander, Command of a Fighter Base, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operation, Air officer Commanding of Central air command and Air officer Commanding of Air Defence Command during Kargil operation. He retired in the rank of Air Marshal in 2000 after 34 years of service. He conceived and oversaw the setting up of a major defence production facility at the Air Weapon Complex. He was decorated with HI (M), SI (M), SBt and TI (M) for meritorious contribution to the PAF. He was deputed abroad as a flying instructor to Libya for 2 years. He participated in the 1973 Arab-Israeli war from a forward air base in Egypt as operation advisor and coordinator. He was deputed a second time to Saudi Air force as an operations and plans advisor for 3 years from 1985-88. After retirement from the service in 2000 he was selected as the ambassador to Brazil.


Qazi Azmat Isa

CEO/MD Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund / Member CAA Board

Qazi Azmat Isa has been appointed as Member Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Board on 1st January, 2014. He has 25 years of experience in development. He is currently the CEO of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund which is a multipurpose autonomous development institution with interventions in Energy, Infrastructure, Disaster Management, Institutional Development, Livelihood Enhancement and Protection, Health, Education and Disability. Prior to this he was with the World Bank working in the rural and social sectors for the last 12 years. His last posting with the bank was in Kabul where he managed the largest community driven development program in the Bank’s portfolio as well as initiated a nationwide rural enterprise development program. Before that he was head of an NGO in his province of Balochistan. He has a passionate commitment to improve the lives of poor and marginalized people: He has serviced on many Boards in a voluntary capacity, including as Chairman of the Society for the Projection of Child Rights (SPAR), Board Member with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), LEAD and President of Aurat Foundation. He is presently Member of Economic Advisory Council.


Mr. M. Bashir Janmohammed

Chairman Westbury Group of Companies / Member CAA Board

Mr. Muhammad Bashir Janmohammed has been appointed as Member Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority Board on 1st January, 2014. He is B. Com, L.L.B., and FCA (Chartered Accountant). He is Chairman / Director Pak – Malaysia Business Council of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Westbury Group of Companies, Dalda Foods Pvt. Ltd, Bulk Management (Pakistan) Pvt. Ltd., Mapak Edible Oils Pvt. Ltd. (Joint Venture of Pakistan / Malaysia), FWQ Enterprises Pvt. Ltd. (Joint Venture of Pakistan / Malaysia), Mapak Qasim Bulkers Pvt. Ltd. (Joint Venture of Pakistan / Malaysia) and Wazir Ali Industries Ltd. He is past Chairman / Director Karachi Stock Exchange (Guarantee) Ltd (1980 for 6 years), Pakistan Industrial Credit & Investment Company (PICIC), Muslim Commercial Bank Limited and Central Depository Company (2008). He has been Official Member of various Trade Delegations, entourage with Prime Minister and President of Pakistan. He is a Life Member of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and Council Member of International Seed Crushers Association (ISCA) UK. He leaded delegation of NASDAQ & PORTAL to USA & UK in 2007 and Exporters of Pakistan to Malaysia in the year 2013. His Social Contribution includes Janmohammed Dawood Trust, Kharadar General Hospital (running a 200 bedded full-fledged hospital in poor locality of Kharadar, Mithadar and Lyari).

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Mr. Zahid Aqeel

Secretary CAA Board

Mr. Zahid Aqeel is working as the Secretary to the CAA Board since October 2012. Earlier, he has also worked as A/CFO and Secy Board in 2010. After graduating from Karachi University in 1975, he started his professional career at a world reputed Chartered Accountancy firm in Karachi. He gathered diversified experience in the private sector as well as at government organizations. After joining CAA he worked at HQ CAA, Mega Projects and major airports. Over the years he has attended a number of courses and seminars all over the world such as at the World Trade Center in New York (USA), Dublin (Ireland), Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. He is a member of various professional bodies in Pakistan and abroad.

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