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December 24, 2013

Six lieutenant generals appointed, transferred

December 24, 2013

ISLAMABAD: With the appointment of newly-promoted Lt. Gen. Obaidullah as Commander Army Strategic Force Command (ASFC) on Monday, Pakistan’s entire set-up handling the strategic assets and planning and command got replaced within a month.
The chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee got changed on November 29 this year with the

promotion and appointment of General Rashad Mehmood. This was followed by the last week’s appointment of Lt. Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat as Director-General Strategic Plans Division in place of Lt Gen (retd) Khalid Kidwai.
Top circles term these changes as “most significant”, as it never happened in the history since Pakistan conducted the nuclear tests on May 28, 1998 that the entire team handling the strategic programme underwent a change within a month.
General Rashad succeeded General Khalid Shamim Wynne as Chairman JCSC on the retirement of the latter. Lt. Gen. Zubair Hayat succeeded KK as DG SPD and now Lt. Gen. Obaidullah succeeded Lt. Gen. Tariq Gilani as Commander ASFC.
One top source told The News that there were new handlers, planners and commanders of strategic assets and it was a new aspect of national security parameters under the third-time Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
With these and other reshuffles at the top level, Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Monday completed the first cycle of reshuffle with a mixed trend of appointing new corps commanders and principal staff officers (PSOs).
The current PSO – Adjutant General Lt Gen Javed Iqbal – has been appointed as Corps Commander Bahawalpur while Corps Commander Bahawalpur Lt Gen Zubair Hayat has already been shifted to Director-General Strategic Plans Division (DG SPD).In Lt. Gen. Javed Iqbal’s place, Commander Army Air Defence Lt. Gen. Zamirul Hassan has been posted as Adjutant General (AG) as PSO at the General Headquarters.
This trend seems different to former army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani who appointed

newly-promoted three-star generals as PSOs instead of sending them in the field as corps commanders. However, General Sharif is showing a mixed trend in such appointments and reshuffles.
Lt. Gen. Obaidullah has been appointed Commander ASFC in place of Lt. Gen. Tariq Gilani. Gilani has been posted as Chief of Logistic Staff (CLS), a position lying vacant since the premature retirement of Lt. Gen. Haroon Aslam on being superseded.
In place of Zamirul Hassan, now AG, Lt. Gen. Zahid Latif has been posted as Commander Army Air Defence. Newly-promoted Lt. Gen. Ikramul Haq has been appointed as Inspector-General Training and Evaluation (ITE&E) at the GHQ, as this position had been lying vacant since General Raheel Sharif assumed the command of Pakistan Army.
It is expected that the next cycle of promotions and reshuffle in the command and staff positions will take place in October next year when around five senior lieutenant generals will retire.

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