ISLAMABAD: After weeks of intense speculation in the media, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finally made the selection of two senior army officers as Chief of Army Staff and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.
Career infantry officer Lt Gen Raheel Sharif has been appointed as the new COAS, while Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood has been appointed the CJCSC.
According to a notification issued by the ministry of defence, Lt Gen Raheel Sharif and Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood have been promoted to the rank of four-star general with effect from Thursday, Nov 28.
Both generals would take up their new posts from Friday, the day the current Army chief Kayani retires.
Lt Gen Raheel is currently serving as Inspector General Training and Evaluation whereas Lt Gen Mahmood is serving as Chief of General Staff.
Raheel Sharif holds the Hilal-i-Imtiaz military award, and is the younger brother of late Major Shabbir Sharif, who received the Nishan-i-Haider for his bravery in the 1971 war.
Both senior military officials met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier today where the premier conveyed them the decision. The two meetings were viewed as immensely significant as they came a day before General Kayani’s retirement from his post of army chief.
The prime minister had sent to the president, who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, a summary to promote the two generals and approve their appointments. The summary was approved, following which the notification was issued by the defence ministry.
“On the advice of the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and in pursuance of Article 243/4(a) and 243/4(b) of the Constitution of Pakistan, President of Pakistan and Supreme Commander of Armed Forces, Mamnoon Hussain has been pleased to promote and appoint Gen. Rashid Mehmood as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Gen. Raheel Sharif as Chief of the Army Staff,” said a statement from the PM House.
Raheel’s selection as army chief selection implies that frontrunner and the senior most military officer Lt Gen Haroon Aslam, currently serving as Chief of Logistic Staff, was ignored for the elevation.
The post of army chief is arguably the most powerful in Pakistan and anxiety prevailed on who will replace the taciturn, chain-smoking General Kayani, who will step down on Friday after six years at the helm.
General Kayani’s retirement from the post comes after rules were relaxed to grant him an extension in July 2010 by the PPP-led coalition government in what then prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said was in the interest of continuity at a time when the war on terror was successfully continuing against elements who wanted to impose a system of their choice on the country.
Monday September 16, 2013
PESHAWAR (BNA) The proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has demanded the release of prisoners and the withdrawal of Pakistan Army from FATA before it can begin talks with the government.
Talking to Geo News anchor and senior journalist, Saleem Safi, TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said the militant outfit held a meeting of its Shura (decision making body) to consider Islamabad’s offer of talks.
The TTP spokesman said the government had not made any formal contact with the militants so far, adding that the militant organisation had been betrayed in the past following talks and was wary of entering into an agreement.
The TTP also claimed responsibility for the Lower Dir blast in which three Pakistan Army officers including a Major General and Lt Colonel were killed. The spokesman said that the attack was carried out by the Swat chapter of the Taliban.
Monday September 02, 2013
PESHAWAR(BNA) At least nine paramilitary Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed and 20 others wounded in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in North Waziristan tribal region's Boya area on Sunday according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) sources.
A convoy of military vehicles was travelling from Datakhel area to Miramshah area when it was struck by a remotely-detonated bomb planted on the roadside in Boya area of North Waziristan tribal region.
At least FC personnel had died and 20 others were wounded in the explosion.
Militant groups including the Taliban and al Qaeda operate in the volatile tribal region, often launching attacks on troops and civilians from mountain hideouts on the porous border.
Initially, army sources said three soldiers had been killed but later a security official in the regional town of Miranshah raised the death toll to nine.
The victims were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital.
A daily curfew is imposed in the area from 4 pm evening till 5am in the morning ensure safe passage for the moveent of military personnel. Militants often used IEDs to target military personnel due to the curfew.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
KARACHI (BNA) A bomb blast in Karachi early on Wednesday killed seven people and wounded 26 others, police said.
The blast took place in the impoverished Lyari neighbourhood of the city after a football match.
“The bomb was planted on a motorbike that was parked outside the stadium, killing seven people, many of them teenage boys,” police official Tariq Dharejo told AFP.
Dharejo says the bomb went off near the vehicle of a provincial minister, Javed Nagori, who was leaving after witnessing a late night match between two local teams in Lyari, where football is very popular. Nagori escaped unharmed, and the dead included spectators and local residents.
Moreover, he said that the bomb was a remote-controlled device.
Local lawmaker Sania Naz from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) also confirmed the blast and put the death toll at 11.
She said those killed were aged from six to 15 years old.
The injured and bodies were shifted to the city's Civil Hospital and Jinnah Hospital.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan condemned the blast and also instructed the authorities to provide best medical facilities to the injured.