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- Saturday, January 12, 2013 - From Print Edition


RAWALPINDI: Four Major Generals of Pakistan Army have been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Those promoted are: Major General Maqsood Ahmed (ISI), Major General Zubair Mahmood Hayat (GOC Sialkot), Major Ganeral Syed Wajid Hussain (Vice Chief of General Staff), Major General Najibullah Khan (GOC Gujranwala), said the ISPR in a statement.


The four now have been promoted as three-star generals.


Retirement of Chief of General Staff Lt General Waheed Arshad on January 20 will leave the four top positions vacant to be filled by fresh promotions or through reshuffling of three-star generals.


After shifting of Lt Gen Abid Pervaiz as Corps Commander Multan, the position of Chief of Logistic Staff (CLS) will be filled in with new appointment of either a promoted general or through reshuffle.


However, Chief of Army Staff Gneral Ashfaq Parvez Kiayani will take the key decision in the near future to appoint the new Chief of General Staff (CGS).


The positions of the head of Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) and Engineer-in-Chief of Pakistan Army are also lying vacant at present.


Analysts say that a newly-promoted general will get the important slot of the CGS, though it is the prerogative of the army chief to appoint anyone from the present lot.


A senior official said that General Syed Wajid Hussain will likely become the head of the HIT, and General Najeebullah Khan the Engineer-in-Chief of Pakistan Army.


In this phase of promotion from Major General to Lieutenant General, three Major Generals – Mohammad Raza, Farrukh Khan and Khawar Hanif – have reportedly been superseded. However, they would continue to serve out their present tenure, according to a senior official.