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Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar new ISI DG; four new corps commanders named

23 September, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: In top-level administrative appointments in the Pakistan Army, six major generals have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and assigned postings.

One of the most coveted military slots, director general of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), went to Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar. Meanwhile, 14 two-star generals have been superseded after the denial of promotions following the elevation of their juniors to the next rank, military sources informed. The promotions would come into effect from October 1 with five lieutenant generals retiring then. The newly promoted lieutenant generals are: Rizwan Akhtar (Infantry), Hilal Hussain (Artillery), Ghayur Mahmood (Infantry), Nazir Butt (Infantry), Navid Mukhtar (Armoured Corps-AC) and Hidayatur Rehman (Infantry).

Rizwan Akhtar had recently relinquished charge as Sindh Rangers director general and was replaced by Maj Gen Bilal Akbar, who previously was the general officer commanding (GOC) 11th Infantry Division, Lahore. Hilal Hussain has been appointed as Corps Commander Mangla (I Corps), Ghayur Mahmood as Corps Commander Gujranwala (XXX Corps), Nazir Butt as Inspector General Communications & Information Technology (C&IT), Naveed Mukhtar as Corps Commander Karachi (V Corps) and Hidayatur Rehman as Corps Commander Peshawar (XI Corps), military spokesman Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa confirmed on social media.

The retiring five lieutenant generals are: Tariq Khan, (AC), Corps Commander Mangla, Zaheerul Islam, (Infantry), DG ISI, Salim Nawaz, (Infantry), Corps Commander Gujranwala, Khalid Rabbani, (Infantry), Corps Commander Peshawar and Sajjad Ghani (Engineers) Corps Commander Karachi.

The 14 major generals who have been denied promotions are: Naveed Ahmed, (Artillery), Sector Commander, ISI Sindh, Sohail Abbas Zaidi, (Signals), DG (Technical) at ISI Directorate, Islamabad, Shahzad Sikander, (Engrs) DG Works and Chief Engineer (DG W&CE), Tariq Javed (Infantry), DG Personnel Administration (DG PA), Nadir Zeb, AC, DG Human Resources Development (DG HRD), Iqbal Asi, (Infantry), GOC 19th Infantry Division, Swat, Jamil Rehmat Vance, (Army Services Corps-ASC), DG Remount, Veterinary and Farms Corps (DG RV&FC), Ejaz Shahid, Artillery, IG Frontier Corps (IG FC Balochistan), Amir Azeem Bajwa, (Signals), DG C&IT Branch, Tariq Ghafoor, (Infantry) GOC 14th Infantry Division, Okara, Muhammad Junaid, (Electrical and Mechanical Engineers-EME), DG Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Iftikhar Ahmad Wyne, AC, Chief of Staff, Central Command (COS CC), Salim Raza, (Air Defence-AD), DG Air Defence (DG AD), Abid Nazir, (Infantry) Commander, Logistics Area (Comd Log Area), Peshawar.

Presently, Hilal Hussain is serving as DG Military Training (DG MT), Ghayur Mahmood as Vice Chief of General Staff (VCGS), Nazir Butt, Commandant, Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Naveed Mukhtar, DG Counter-Terrorism ISI, and Hidayatur Rehman Chief Instructor at National Defence University (NDU) Islamabad.

According to informed sources, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given approval to the appointment of Rizwan Akhtar as DG ISI with effect from October 1, on the recommendation of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif. The COAS called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House on Monday.

"The COAS informed the prime minister about Operation Zarb-e-Azb and the progress made so far by our valiant armed forces in eliminating terrorists from the motherland," a press release from PM Secretariat said.


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