RAWALPINDI: Two Hindu officers belonging to the Hindu minority community to the rank of lieutenant colonel by the Pakistan Army, on Friday (25TH February).
Major Dr Aneel Kumar aged around 40 years is a resident of Sindh’s Badin district and got commission in the army in 2007.
Major Dr Kailash Kumar, born in 1981, hailing from Sindh’s Tharparkar district commissioned in the army in 2008. Both the officers have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. They are the first Hindu to attain this position in the Pakistan Army.
Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC) chief Dr Ramesh Kumar, while reacting to the development, wrote on his official Twitter handle: “Heartiest congratulation to promotion of 2 Hindu Officers to Lt. Colonel Rank.”
According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the army chief expressed these remarks during a visit to Nagarparkar, Sindh’s Tharparker district, where he spent the day with troops and was also briefed by the local commander on operational readiness of the formation.
While interacting with troops, the ISPR said, General Qamar appreciated their state of morale and motivation for fulfilment of the assigned mission.
It may be mentioned here that early in February, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa had said that monitories in Pakistan are equal citizens and it is the job of the state to protect them, the military had said in a statement.
Kumar’s rank was upgraded from major to lieutenant colonel during the promotion boards. He passed out from the Pakistan Military Academy and was serving in the army’s medical corps.
In 2019, Dr Kelash Garvada became the first-ever Hindu Major in the Pakistan Army and was posted in the Ministry of Defence.
On the other hand, support for Lt Col Kelash Kumar’s promotion circulated on social media, with many celebrating that a member of one of Pakistan’s religious minority communities was serving the country.