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January 19, 2013

Major reshuffle in military hierarchy

January 19, 2013


ISLAMABAD: In a major reshuffle of the senior military hierarchy, Corps Commander Lahore Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood has been posted as the Chief of General Staff (CGS), a key appointment at the General Headquarters.
Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood, who served as Military Secretary to deposed President Rafiq Tarar, would assume his new assignment as Principal Staff Officer in his capacity as the CGS on January 20 on the retirement of present CGS Lt Gen Waheed Arshad.
Corps Commander, Bahawalpur, Lt Gen Muhammad Haroon Aslam, has been posted as the Chief of Logistic Staff (CLS) at the GHQ. The office of CLS remained vacant for some time since the shifting of Lt Gen Abid Pervaiz to Multan as Corps Commander.
In another important decision, recently-promoted Lt Gen Zubair Hayat (present GOC Sialkot) has been posted as Corps Commander, Bahawalpur, as successor to Commander Bahawalpur Corps Lt Gen Haroon Aslam.
Another newly-promoted Lt Gen Maqsood Ahmed (presently posted in ISI) has been posted as Corps Commander, Lahore, to succeed Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood.
Top circles in the federal capital say these postings assumed an added importance as the list of aspirants to become four-star generals has been completed with all the three top lieutenant generals on the seniority list posted to the GHQ.
Two top-most lieutenant generals would surely be promoted as four-star generals on the completion of tenure by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne in early October this year, and on completion of the second three-year tenure by Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on November 27 this year.
Top sources reveal that by October this year, Lt Gen Muhammad Haroon Aslam would be on top of the seniority list of three-star generals. Lt Gen Haroon Aslam is also a commando and he had served in the Military Operations Directorate and with his new appointment as the CLS after serving as corps commander, he would be ready for promotion

as a four-star general.
Since the present set-up has been maintaining the policy of appointing senior-most officer to head Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force, there is every chance for the senior-most three-star general to become a four-star general with his appointment as the chairman JCSC in the first week of October 2013.
If the government of the day and the president decide not to give further extension to Gen Kayani beyond November 27 this year, there is a chance for Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood, now posted as the CGS, to be appointed as COAS.
However, by October this year, Lt Gen Haroon Aslam (now CLS) will be on top of the list of three-star generals. He would be followed by Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood (now CGS), Lt Gen Raheel Sharif (IG&TE), Lt Gen Tariq Khan (Corps Commander Mangla) and the present DG ISI Lt Gen Zaheeerul Islam will be the fifth on the seniority list.
However, in between, the country will undergo the general elections most likely in May and President Asif Zardari would complete his five-year tenure in early September this year.Many defence experts, analysts and former military generals shared their views with The News on the four-star appointment towards the end of the year. They have one common view that if all goes well according to the script, the principle of seniority will be observed in the case of promotions and appointments for the office of chairman JCSC and COAS.