Four major generals of the Pakistan Army have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general ahead of the retirement of four three-star generals holding key posts.
The officers who were promoted are Maj Gen Naseer Khan Janjua, the vice chief of general staff, Maj Gen Tariq Nadeem Gilani, the GOC of Sargodha, Maj Gen Ijaz Chaudhry, the head of the Pakistan Rangers in Sindh, and Maj Gen Naveed Zaman, the commandant of the National Defence University.
The four generals who are set to retire are Lt Gen Mohsin Kamal, serving as military secretary at General Headquarters, Lt Gen Shujaat Zameer Dar, chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Lt Gen Jamil Haider, commander of the Army’s Strategic Force Command and Lt Gen Javed Zia, Corps Commander of Quetta.
They will all retire this month.
Media reports said a dozen two-star generals were superseded in the promotions, included two commanding officers (GOCs) and a senior officer of the Inter-Services Intelligence.
Lt Gen Alam Khattak will replace Lt Gen Javed Zia as the new head of the Southern Command while Maj Gen Naveed Zaman, following his promotion, will be the new military secretary at General Headquarters, media reports said.
Lt Gen Ahsan Mehmood, the current Engineer-in-Chief, will take over as chairman of Pakistan Ordnance Factories while Maj Gn Tariq Nadeem Gilani, after his promotion, will be the new head of the Strategic Force Command.