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Lt-Gen Alam Khattak appointed defence secretary

Updated August 04, 2014

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File photo from March 2012 shows Lt-Gen Alam Khan Khattak, then Commander of the Southern Command, presenting a shield to then-Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi.—File photo
File photo from March 2012 shows Lt-Gen Alam Khan Khattak, then Commander of the Southern Command, presenting a shield to then-Governor Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi.—File photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved the appointment of Lieutenant-General retired Mohammad Alam Khattak as the defence secretary, said a notification issued by the defence ministry on Monday.

Khattak replaces former defence secretary Lt Gen (retired) Asif Yasin Malik, who stepped down from his position last week after completion of his contract.

Alam Khattak has previously served on key positions in the military including corps commander Quetta, Inspector General Frontier Corps (FC) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and chief of logistics at the GHQ.

He retired from army service last year.

The defence secretary’s position has assumed added significance in view of the current state of civil-military relations. This is a civilian post, but traditionally retired military officers are appointed on the recommendation of army chief.