ISLAMABAD: Almost half a dozen most senior two-star generals are in line to get promotions to their next rank, starting a cycle of postings and reshuffling in the Pakistan Army.
Following the retirement of four lieutenant generals in March and one to be retired this month, several major generals on top of the seniority are hopeful of getting promotions as three-star generals some time in the coming week.
Major General Raza Mohammad (ISI) has been heading the seniority list of two-star generals and he is likely to get a promotion because of his service record and credentials as a highly-efficient soldier, a source told The News on Saturday.
Inspector-General Evaluation Maj Gen Khawar Hanif, who had also served in Washington as Pakistan's defence attache, is second in the seniority list and he is followed by Maj Gen Maqsud Ahmed, who is presently working in the ISI led by Lt Gen Raja Zaheerul Islam.
Sialkot General Officer Commanding (GOC) Maj Gen Zubair Hayat, who had the honour of serving with Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvaz Kayani some time ago, stands at number four on the seniority list, while Maj Gen Farrukah Bashir stands at number five on the list.
Vice Chief of General Staff Maj Gen Wajid Hussain is on number six on the seniority list of major generals and he is also in the run in case the chief of army staff decides to promote half a dozen major generals to lieutenant generals.
In the recent past, former ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Lt Gen M Awais (air defence command), and Inspector-General Communications Lt Gen Tanvir Tahir have been retired from the army in March and now ERRA chairman Lt Gen Sardar Mehmood Ali Khan would be retiring from the Army on April 21.