The Top Military Brass’s Massive Overhaul Is About To Begin
October 12, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
In a dramatic shake-up of the top brass ahead of the change in leadership at the end of next month, the army announced on Tuesday that 12 major generals had been elevated to the rank of lieutenant general.
12 Major Generals Promoted In One Go
According to ISPR, the promoted generals are Major General Inam Haider Malik, Major General Fayyaz Hussain Shah, Major General Nauman Zakria, Major General Mohammad Zafar Iqbal, Major General Ayman Bilal Safdar, Major General Ahsan Gulrez, Major General Syed Aamer Raza, Major General Shahid Imtiaz, Major General Mohammad Munir Afsar, Major General Babar Iftikhar,
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It is unusual to see so many people promoted to the position of lieutenant general at once. Although these elevations are typically supposed to be done on the basis of vacancies, the promotions in the Army had been overdue for about a year.
The seats vacated by the retirement of three lieutenant generals in the middle of October 2021, one in July of this year, and five at the end of September would be filled by the 12 newly promoted generals. Lt Gen Majid Ehsan, the former IG Arms, Lt Gen Amir Abbasi, the former QMG, and Lt Gen Hamooduz Zaman Khan, the former Commander of Army Air Defence Command, were among those who had retired a year earlier.
Lt Gen Moazzam Ejaz, the then Engineer in Chief, had retired in July. In contrast, Lt Gen Abdul Aziz, the then commander of the Lahore Corps, Lt Gen Nadeem Zaki Manj, the then commander of the Mangla Corps, Lt Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood, the then IG Training and Evaluation Lt Gen Syed Mohammad Adnan, and Lt Gen Waseem Ashraf, the DG
After Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ali, who was the corps commander of Balochistan at the time, was killed in a helicopter crash on August 2 while carrying out flood relief operations, the tenth position became vacant.
To replace the anticipated four-star vacancies caused by the approaching retirement of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Nadeem Raza and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, two more generals have been promoted in advance of the elevation of two lieutenant generals.
The COAS alone has the authority to promote soldiers at this level. However, it is customary for the chiefs to meet with other top generals informally before making their choices.
The 12 promoted officers would make up a sizable portion of the team that the new commander would take over in November, making the most recent promotions one of Gen. Bajwa’s most important decisions made prior to his departure. The posting of the promoted officers, which GHQ would shortly complete, would now be the focus of all attention. A number of significant posts are presently open.
Immediately following his appointment in 2016, Gen. Bajwa had the chance to elevate seven major generals, which aided in the formation of his own team. Due to the elevation of two officers to four star levels and the resignation of four other officers after being replaced, the seven slots had at that time become vacant.
Gen Inam Haider Malik served as the director general of works and chief engineer, Gen Fayyaz Hussain Shah as the director general of doctrine and evaluation at Training and Evaluation Branch, Gen Ahsan Gulrez as the director general of military training at Training and Evaluation Branch, Gen Mohammad Zafar Iqbal as the officiating commander of the Army Air Defense Command, Gen Syed Aamer Raza as the chairman of HIT, Gen Shahid Imtiaz as the commandant of
A couple of the recently promoted officers had collaborated closely with Gen. Bajwa. These officers include DG ISPR Gen Babar Iftikhar, DG Perspective Planning Cell Gen Ayman Bilal Safdar, and Vice Chief of General Staff-A Gen Nauman Zikriya.
In this experiment, over 20 prominent generals were replaced, but aside from a few, there weren’t many notable shocks.
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