Pakistan Army, considered to be one of the best and top-notch attributed armies of the world, has gone through some massive changes. There has been a host of high-level transfers in the Pakistan Army.
According to a press release by the ISPR, these are the latest changes in Pakistan Army
1. Lt. Gen. Bilal Akbar appointed as the new Chief of General Staff
Lt. Gen. Bilal Akbar was previously DG Rangers, Sindh. General Rizwan Akhtar is a graduate of the Command and Staff College in Quetta, National Defense University and the Army War College, USA.
2. Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar appointed as President of National Defence University (NDU)
Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar was previously Director-General ISI. He is a three-star rank army general and a renowned spymaster.
3. Lt. Gen. Nazir Butt appointed as Corps Commander Peshawar
Lt. Gen. Rizwan Butt was previously President of National Defence University (NDU). Lt. Gen. Butt was commissioned in a Frontier Force Regiment in March 1983
4. Lt. Gen. Hidayat-ur-Rehman appointed as Inspector General Training and Evaluation at GHQ
Lt. Gen. Hidayat-ur-Rehman was previously Corps Commander Peshawar. Lt. Gen. Hidayat-ur-Rehman is the first Lieutenant General from Astore Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan.
5. Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa appointed as Inspector General Arms at GHQ
Lt. Gen. Asim Salim Bajwa was previously DG ISPR. Asim Bajwa was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General from Major-General in September 2015. He has earned fame through his tweets @ISPR.
6. Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz appointed as Inspector General C&IT and GHQ
Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz was previously Director General Welfare and Rehabilitation at GHQ.
7. Lt. Gen. Qazi Ikram appointed as Chief of Logistics at GHQ
Lt. Gen. Qazi Ikram was previously Director General Personnel Directorate at General Headquarters
8. Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar appointed as DG ISI
The post was previously occupied by Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar, while Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar served as Corps Commander of Karachi. Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar possesses large experience in the field of intelligence. He had also headed the counter-terrorism wing of the ISI in Islamabad.
These notable transfers in the Pakistan Army have come at the back of the appointment of General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and General Zubair Hayat as Chief of Joint Staff Committee (CJSC).
With the uncountable skirmishes with the Indian Army at the Line of Control, it seems that these appointments/transfers are part of a bigger plan under the banner of the Pakistan Army.