Sidelined Pak General given sop of chairman of JCSC

A top Pakistani General was given a sop by being appointed the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 14:07 PM IST

Islamabad: A top Pakistani General,
sidelined from becoming the country`s army chief by extension
in service given to incumbent Ashfaq Pervez Kayani was on Wednesday given a sop by being appointed the new Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Lt Gen Khalid Shamim Wyne was promoted to the rank of a
four-star general and appointed the new Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC) of the Pakistani military,
according to an official announcement here.

Acting on the advice of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani, President Asif Ali Zardari, the supreme commander of
the armed forces, promoted Wyne and appointed him as the
Chairman of the JCSC late last night.

Wyne was serving as the Chief of General Staff in the
army`s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. He will replace Gen
Tariq Majid as Chairman of the JCSC when he retires on October
6.

Wyne, who was the seniormost general was in line to
succeed Kayani, but lost the chance when the tenure of the
present Army Chief was extended by the government. He is
described as a "brilliant officer", according to media reports
today.

The issue of Wyne`s appointment was reportedly discussed
during Monday’s meeting of the President, Prime Minister and
army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Experts said that though Zardari is the supreme commander
of the armed forces, the decision regarding Wyne’s appointment
would have been made after receiving inputs from the powerful
army chief.

The Pakistan People`s Party-led government recently gave
a three-year extension to Kayani. Wyne, who belongs to the Punjab Regiment, will be the second highest ranking military officer after Kayani.

He topped the seniority list of three-star generals. His
father Shamim Wyne retired from the army as a lieutenant
colonel. The general has completed courses at the German and
Pakistani Staff Colleges.

He commanded the Siachen Brigade 323, popularly known as
the Kargil Brigade, and served as the Commandant of the
Infantry School.

Wyne was General Officer Commanding in Quetta and served
as Deputy Chief of General Staff before his promotion as a
three-star general.

Media reports said some reshuffling and new appointments
in the army at the level of corps commanders and Principal
Staff Officers are in the offing in the coming days.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is
the custodian of Pakistan’s strategic or nuclear assets, which
include nuclear warheads and missiles.

The post was created in 1976 and Wyne will be the 14th
military officer to hold the position.

Though the post is supposed to rotate between the three
services, it has gone to the navy twice and only once to the
air force.

PTI