29 Brigadiers promoted as Major Generals in Pak
Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 18:49
Islamabad: Pakistan's powerful army chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has promoted 29 Brigadiers to the rank of Major General and at least seven more officers are expected to be made three-star Generals over the next few weeks.

The decision to promote the 29 Brigadiers was made at a meeting of the Army Promotion Board chaired by Kayani yesterday.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani approved the promotions today, said a statement issued by the Premier's office.

Among those promoted were Brig Muhammad Zahid Latif Mirza, currently posted at the US Central Command, President Asif Zardari's military secretary Brig Mian M Hilal Hussain and Pakistan's defence attache to China Brig Naveed Ahmed.

At least seven to eight Major Generals will soon be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General to fill vacancies that are expected to be created by retirements in the coming weeks, sources were quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

Army Air Defence commander Lt Gen Muhammad Ashraf Saleem, due to retire on March 31, had resigned for personal reasons while Peshawar Corps Commander Lt Gen Masood Aslam, who was recently granted an extension, has expressed his inability to continue and is expected to relinquish his charge by the end of this month, the sources said.

Mangla Corps Commander Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed, Lahore Corps Commander Lt Gen Ijaz Ahmad Bakshi, Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority Chairman Lt Gen Sajjad Akram, Inspector General of Training and Evaluation Lt Gen Ahsan Azhar Hayat and Lt Gen Shahid Niaz, currently engineer-in-chief at GHQ, will retire by June.

The sources said several Major Generals will be promoted to fill the vacancies.

A reshuffle is also imminent after the promotion of officers. Some Lieutenant Generals may also be granted extensions, the sources were quoted as saying.

A Lieutenant General is also likely to be appointed at the Strategic Plans Division, which controls Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, to benefit from expertise of the unit's chief Lt Gen (retired) Khalid Kidwai before replacing him, the Dawn reported.


First Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 18:49

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