RAWALPINDI: In Pakistan Army, 32 brigadiers have been promoted to the rank of major general today (Tuesday). The military’s media wing said that the promotions were approved after Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over a promotion board meeting at the General Headquarters.
Out of the 32, eight officers belonged to the Army’s Medical Corps. The promoted officers were identified by the ISPR as:
Brigadier Omer Naseem, Brigadier Syed Abbas Ali, Brigadier Muhammad Abbas, Brigadier Muhammad Shahid Abro, Brigadier Luqman Hafeez, Brigadier Mohammad Yasir Elahi, Brigadier Adeel Haider Minhas, Brigadier Syed Ali Raza, Brigadier Shahid Pervaiz, Brigadier Ahsan Waqas Kayani, Brigadier Azhar Yasin, Brigadier Qaisar Suleman, Brigadier Haroon Ishaq Raja, Brigadier Aamer Amin, Brigadier Haroon Hameed Chaudhary, Brigadier Waseem Iftikhar Cheema, Brigadier Muhammad Hussain, Brigadier Shoaib Bin Akram, Brigadier Kashif Khalil, Brigadier Kashif Abdullah, Brigadier Amjad Hanif, Brigadier Faisal Naseer, Brigadier Ahmad Kamal and Brigadier Saeed Ur Rehman Sarwar.
Officers from the Army Medical Corps that were promoted included: Brigadier Tufail Ahmad, Brigadier Rizwan Sadiq, Brigadier Ijaz Ahmad, Brigadier Nadeem Fazal, Brigadier Shoaib Ahmed, Brigadier Tahir Masood Ahmad, Brigadier Waseem Ahmad Khan and Brigadier Sohail Sabir.
249th Corps Commanders Conference
Meanwhile, the army’s top brass on Monday vowed to hunt down the terrorists involved in recent terrorism incidents and ensure security in the country.
The resolve was expressed at the 249th Corps Commanders Conference held at the General Headquarters, whose agenda was dominated by a review of the border and internal security. The meeting was chaired by Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa.
Corps Commanders’ Conferences have traditionally been a monthly feature at GHQ in which army’s operational and training matters are discussed, besides reviewing the security environment. However, this edition of the conference was held after an extraordinary break of over four months. The previous conference was held on March 15.
During this period, two formation commanders’ conference, a bigger army forum attended by field formations, were, however, held. The two conferences were held in quick succession with an unusually short interval of less than two months.
The latest corps commanders’ conference was held against the backdrop of growing attacks in Balochistan and erstwhile tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
“Forum took comprehensive review of the security situation with particular focus on Border and Internal Security,” the ISPR said.
Baloch fighters have stepped up attacks against security forces in Balochistan. In one recent such incident, the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) abducted Lt Col Laeeq Baig Mirza in the mountainous Hernai district near Ziarat.
He was later assassinated by the abductors. It was a rare attack on an officer of his rank in the volatile Balochistan province and that too while travelling with his family.
Similarly, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Daesh and other militant organisations targeted security forces. Attacks on polio teams in North Waziristan and Khyber districts were also reported.
The attacks in erstwhile tribal areas of KP happened as security forces’ ceasefire with banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan held. It is believed that most of these attacks were undertaken by Gulbahadur group.
Peace talks between the military and TTP are, meanwhile, continuing in Afghanistan.
The army has responded to these attacks by carrying out intelligence-based operations against the militant groups.
“COAS lauded successful ongoing counter terrorism operations and paid rich tribute to the supreme sacrifices of officers and men to ensure security of borders and safety of masses,” the ISPR said.
Gen Bajwa recalled army’s relief efforts for mitigating sufferings of the people affected due to floods and heavy rains in the country.
“The forum reaffirmed resolve of armed forces to extend complete support to civil administration in rescue/rehabilitation activities,” the ISPR said.
The PML-N government, which took office in April, has been hit by economic crisis and floods that have wreaked havoc in various parts of the country.