History of PASB Department

Historical Background.    Fall out effects of the World War - I had started to have telling effects on the International community soon after the Great War ended. One of the major victims of these adverse effects were the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who had fought the war far away from their home lands, in most cases, in trans-continental theatres, where they remained on active service for years. As a result, they remained aloof from vast and diverse facets of mundane civic chores connected with the civil administration; their families suffered even more. It was under this backdrop that a Welfare Oriented Organization with the name of Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Board was established at Bombay (India), Rawalpindi and Sheikhupura in 1919 after World War - I. There were 28 x District Armed Services Boards (DASBs) till 1947. These DASBs continued to function after Independence also and now, PASB has 63 x DASBs spread all over the country. Later, after Pakistan came into being as a Sovereign Independent State, the Board was named as Pakistan Armed Services Board (PASB).

Brief History

1919  Established as Soliders, Sailors and Airmen’s Board at Bombay, Rawalpindi and Sheikhpura. 28 x DASBs were established before 1947.
1947  Constituted as Pakistan Armed Services Board (PASB) in Ministry of Defence.
1957  Full fledged Secretariat of the Board formed as integral part of the Ministry of Defence.
1968  Transferred to GHQ under W&R Dte with DW&R as ex-officio Secretary PASB with Directorate at Lahore.
1972  Reverted to Ministry of Defence with a full time Secretary of  the rank of Joint Secretary.
1973  A retired Brigadier was appointed as Secretary PASB (BS-20) as Executive Head of Department exercising all administrative and financial powers.
1974  Establishment of Armed Services Board Directorates in all Provincial Headquarters including AJ&K.
1978  Establishment of Armed Services Board Directorate in Gilgit Baltistan at Gilgit.
2000  Designation of Secy and Assistant Secy PASB Secretariat changed to Director General PASB and Assistant Director Generals PASB respectively.

 Restructuring approved by the Ministry of Defence & Govt of Pakistan.

♦   Various appointments re-named.

♦   Punjab Armed Services Board Directorate split in two Directorates.

   Director Punjab Armed Services Board Directorate also changed from BS-20 to BS-19.

2019  Designated as Executive Department of Ministry of Defence.