Karamat Rahman Niazi Military Person
Admiral Karamat Rahman Niazi (Urdu:كرامت رحمان نيازى; usually shortened to K.R. Niazi), NI(M), SJ, HI(M), was a high-ranking and high profile military official in the military government of General Zia-ul-Haq who led and represented the Pakistan Navy as its Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) from 1979 to 1983, as well as chairing the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) under the General Zia Government. A submariner by profession, Admiral Niazi took over the command of Pakistan Navy on March 22, 1979 from another four-star Admiral Mohammad Shariff, after Admiral Mohammad Shariff became Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. As Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Niazi work closely with General Zia in the matters of national security and the enhancement of the military government of General Zia-ul-Haq. Niazi is an ethnic Pashtun who was born in Karachi, British Indian Empire. He joined the Pakistan Navy in 1952, and was accepted to Britannia Royal Naval College in Great Britain. After graduation he was commissioned in the Pakistan Navy as Midshipman in 1956, after Pakistan became a republic. At first he served in the Naval Operations Branch of the Pakistan Navy.