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September 23, 2014

Gen Rizwan Akhtar made ISI chief

Lahore

September 23, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Newly-promoted Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar was on Monday appointed Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), reflecting the unanimity of views between the civil and military leadership.
The promotion and appointment of Infantryman Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar has disappointed all the rumour-mongers and those who believed in the earlier speculation.Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar’s predecessor Lt. Gen. Zaheer-ul-Islam would be retiring on November 7 this year.
Army chief General Raheel Sharif also appointed corps commanders of Mangla, Karachi, Gujranwala and Peshawar along with the appointment of the Inspector-General Communication and Information Technology.
In all, six major generals were promoted to the rank of lieutenant general.General Rizwan was serving as the DG Rangers in Sindh, and also served as chief of staff and in Wana.Lt Gen. Rizwan Akhtar belongs to the 4-FF (Infantry) and is every inch a soldier. It is the same unit Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (retd) Safdar belonged to.
Many PML-N leaders had predicted in their drawing rooms that Commandant National Defence University (NDU) Lt. Gen. Javed Ramday would be the new ISI chief. But the prime minister and the army chief instead developed a consensus on Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar.
General Rizwan Akhtar topped the seniority list. His unquestionable professionalism and unblemished service record with remarkable OEI (Officers Efficiency Index) paved the way for his promotion to the post of the DG of the premier intelligence agency, just a day before the prime minister’s visit to the UN where he would be meeting all the key world leaders.
General Rizwan Akhtar has extensive experience in counter insurgency from a previous posting in South Waziristan. “He is a terribly straight guy, all black and white,” a serving military official said of Akhtar. “He has served in a place like Karachi ... with all its turf wars and politics while remaining

neutral and apolitical. He was the obvious choice.”
According to top civilian and military sources, these promotions and postings have nothing to do with the ongoing sit-ins of the PTI and PAT.“These are routine promotions and postings and one should not link them with politics,” said a top cabinet member. “I think now the spree of speculations must die down once and for all.”
Another infantryman Major General Hidayatur Rehman has been promoted as Lieutenant General and appointed Commander Peshawar Corps in place of Lt General Khalid Rabbani, who would be retiring in October this year.
Lt Gen Hidayatur Rehman is the first General from Gilgit-Baltistan and belongs to the AK Regiment. As such, he made history when he was promoted as a three-star General from Gilgit-Baltistan. He served in Gujranwala and as staff officer (lieutenant colonel) to former army chief General Waheed Kakar.
Belonging to the 13-Lancer of former army chief General Jehangir Karamat, newly-promoted Lt Gen. Navid Mukhtar has been appointed Commander Karachi Corps to succeed the outgoing Commander Karachi Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani, who would also retire in October.
Lt General Navid Mukhtar, son of Brig Mukhtar who is a known expert on wildlife, especially houbara bustard, belongs to the armoured corps and is rated as a high class soldier in military circles.
Former Military Secretary to former President Asif Zardari, Lt Gen. Mian Mohammad Hilal Hussain has been posted as Commander Mangla Corps in place of outgoing Lt Gen. Tariq Khan. As Major General, Hilal Hussain was serving as DG Military Training. He belongs to the same unit (Artillery) the former army chief and President Pervez Musharraf belonged to.
Lt General Hilal Hussain also served as DG Rangers in the Punjab and has the honour of serving in the IGT&E Branch when the present army chief General Raheel Sharif was IGT&E in his capacity as Lieutenant General some time back.
Newly-promoted Lt General Ghayur Mahmood, presently serving as commandant PMA Kakul, has been posted as Commander Gujranwala Corps in place of outgoing commander Lt Gen Salim Nawaz. Lt Gen Ghayur also belongs to infantry and has served in Wana.Deputy Chief of General Staff Major General Nazir Ahmed Butt has been posted as IG Communications and Information Technology.