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Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar appointed as DG ISI


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Pakistan Army on Sunday made significant postings and transfers, including the transfer of the ISI chief and DG Rangers, Sindh.

The development comes two weeks after Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa took over as Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement announced that Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar was appointed as DG ISI. He will replace Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar who has been posted as President National Defence University (NDU).

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Lt Gen Bilal Akbar has been appointed Chief of General Staff (CGS). The new CGS comes with a vast experience of dealing with internal security matters. Though his focus or responsibility as DG Rangers was Karachi, the transfer of Gen Bilal Akbar indicates the new COAS would like to give priority to internal security.

Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar presently serving as DG Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has been appointed President National Defence University (NDU). Lt Gen Nazir Butt, currently President NDU has been appointed Corps Commander Peshawar (11Corps). Lt Gen Hidayat ur Rehman, currently serving as Corps Comd Peshawar has been appointed Inspector General (IG)Training and Evaluation (IGT&E) at GHQ.

Similarly Lt Gen Asim Salim Bajwa, presently serving as Director General (DG) ISPR has been appointed Inspector General Arms (IG Arms) at GHQ. He was posted DG ISPR in June 2012 and promoted to Lt Gen in Sept 2015.

Newly promoted Lt Gen Hamayun Aziz has been appointed Inspector General C&IT at GHQ, while Lt Gen Qazi Ikram has been appointed Chief of Logistic Staff at GHQ. He was also among those promoted recently.

Newly promoted Lt Gen Sher Afgun has been posted 31 Corps Comd (Bahawalpur). Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal will continue as DG FWO. He was also recently promoted to the rank of Lt Gen. Newly promoted Lt Gen Naeem Ashraf has been appointed Chairman Heavy Industries Taxila(HIT).

The names for the incoming DG ISPR, DG Rangers have not yet been announced.

Let Gen Naveed Mukhtar

Naveed Mukhtar was commissioned in the Armoured Corps regiment in 1983. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College Quetta, National Defense University Islamabad and War Course USA. He had commanded a Mechanised Division.

Till Dec 7, he had been serving as corps commander of Karachi. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general and posted to the army’s Corps V in Sept 2014.

Let Gen Mukhtar possesses a vast experience in the field of intelligence. He had also headed the counterterrorism wing of the ISI in Islamabad.

Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar

General Rizwan Akhtar is a graduate of the Command and Staff College in Quetta, National Defense University and the Army War College, USA. Rizwan was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in Frontier Force Regiment in September 1982. He is from the Frontier Force Regiment and commanded the infantry brigade and infantry division in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

Previously as Sindh DG Rangers, Major General Rizwan Akhtar had been assigned with the task to lead the Karachi operation. But the military had replaced him as DG Rangers Sindh with another senior military officer.

Akhtar is also considered to have extensive experience of counterinsurgency from a previous posting in the border region of South Waziristan.

Lt Gen Bilal Akbar

Newly promoted Lt Gen, Bilal Akbar has been serving as Director General Pakistan Rangers, Sindh since August 2014.

During his tenure as DG Rangers, significant gains were made in ongoing Karachi operation. He was at the helm of affairs, when Rangers personnel in Karachi raided Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) headquarters in July last year.

Lt Gen Asim Bajwa

Asim Bajwa was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General from Major-General in Sept 2015. He was appointed as DG ISPR in 2012 by then COAS Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.

Prior to his posting as DG ISPR, Bajwa was posted in Dera Ismail Khan as a general officer commanding. Under his leadership, the army conducted military operations in the South Waziristan tribal region to eliminate militancy and restore peace.

Comments (36) Closed

Khan-haqiqi Dec 11, 2016 09:25pm

I hope the new DG Rangers is apolitical and take action against religious militants in Karachi add Sindh as the previous one gives fee hand to banned organizations and spent his energy on crushing the political mandate of urban Sindh

Aditya sharma Dec 11, 2016 09:28pm


Muhair Dec 11, 2016 09:28pm

Please protect us from terrorists and bomb blasts

Sixer from Chakwal Dec 11, 2016 09:32pm

Strange, seems like all the previous Raheel Shareef's done work is going to be replaced with Bajwa's work

Ali Dec 11, 2016 09:31pm

We will miss asim salim bajwa He was best army representative

nadeem Dec 11, 2016 09:40pm

Oh, oh, here comes the change of focus to Karachi operation!

SULAIMAN DHANANI Dec 11, 2016 10:02pm

We sincerely hope these changes will further strengthen the Pakistan Army. Pakistan is facing a lot of external and internal challenges and therefore a strong and professional army is the greatest need of the time.

Congratulations to the newly appointed officers.!

JALBANI BALOCH Dec 11, 2016 10:06pm

Though transfers and postings in the armed forces is a routine matter, yet we, people of Pakistan, would like to place on record our thanks and appreciation for General Bilal Akbar for his commitment, devotion and dedication to restore peace and tranquility in the province of Sindh in general and Karachi in particular. We hope that his new successor will also use all his influence to maintain the gains achieved by LEAs and would show no dent in his resolve to deal with terrorists, gangsters, target killers, with iron fists to make Karachi again as a peaceful and livable city for all communities.

Citizen Of karAchi Dec 11, 2016 10:30pm

These transfers provide an occasion to 'correct' the course of Karachi operation which seems to be lugging on with no clear goal post in sight. For all its real and perceived successes, the operation should also be studied for its failures and shortcomings such as the excessive focus on just karachi based parties, the tentativeness with which rural Sindh was broached and then let alone, the thriving water tanker mafia in Karachi, to name a few.

Ahmed Dec 11, 2016 10:50pm

I hope not bringing in his friends on top roles by disregarding merit. Not a good start. I miss Gen. Raheel

Usman786 Dec 11, 2016 10:58pm

God help Pakistan!! People who did not perform well are now helm of affairs. thx to all institutes

SAEED MASOOD Dec 11, 2016 11:11pm

Good luck to all of you the heros and sons of Pakistan we are proud of you, may God keep you in His protection Ameen.

jalaluddin s. hussain Dec 11, 2016 11:16pm

So long as there is rampant corruption and very loose governance, things will not improve at all in Pakistan.

Promotions and changes in the military, will not help. Sorry!

kamal Dec 11, 2016 11:28pm

Lt Gen Naveed mukhtar aptly deserve to command world Top intelligence Agency aka I.S.I

Shahid Nawaz Khan Dec 11, 2016 11:30pm

Such a major shuffle. The new chief may have the answers.

khan Dec 11, 2016 11:36pm

whats going on...? Anyways bravo decision for DG ISI.

Salman Dec 11, 2016 11:42pm

Naveed Mukhtar is a superb choice for this position. A very nice personality! Karachi owe him a big thanks!!

Syed F. Hussaini Dec 11, 2016 11:50pm

A posting in Karachi may lead to the most-sensitive top jobs.

Asif A. Shah Dec 11, 2016 11:56pm

The appointment of Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar as Director General of ISI seems like a good choice.. Lt. General Naveed Mukhtar is bright man and is concerned about good governance in the country. Good luck to him!

Hamid Shafiq Dec 12, 2016 12:18am

Right people at right post and show their experiences in the field in past I hope in future they shall perform better and not disappoint the nation.

ayaz abbasi Dec 12, 2016 12:25am

Change is constant but Lt Gen Bilal Akbar was big threat to the violators of peace, law and order inside the Karachi.

karachiwala Dec 12, 2016 01:12am

Change is always good for institutions. Wishing our brave defenders well. Hoping for a strong DG Sind Rangers like Gen Bilal had been. These sons of soil exposed and foiled decades of anti-Pakistan work planned by our shrewd enemy.

Rashid asad Dec 12, 2016 02:55am

Congrats! to all and pray for their success as their success is key to a prosperous Pakistan.....

Rashid asad Dec 12, 2016 02:57am

Congrats! to all and lots of prayers for their success as their success is the key to a prosperous pakistan...

sajjad akbar Dec 12, 2016 03:58am

End of story..

Both, DG Rangers and Corps Comd 5 Corps, moved out of Karachi.

sHYAM Dec 12, 2016 05:53am

Sensible choice. Concentrate on internal security than creating mischief at borders. I believe Pakistan is moving in the right direction. Develop good relationship with Afghanistan and India and improve situation with in the borders. Dec 12, 2016 06:54am

Who will be the next DG ISPR?

Vinit Dec 12, 2016 07:39am

I don't understand the importance being given to these posts. They have to be routine

Disparate Dec 12, 2016 08:12am

Seems like good news. Hope things change for the better.

Tariq Dec 12, 2016 08:16am

We miss Raheel Shareef :(

Zubaida Khan Dec 12, 2016 09:44am

@Vinit Pretty routine. When a new Army Chief is installed he sets about creating his own operational team. Its the hallmark of a good leader. It happens in the corporate world too. A new CEO will bring in his own people.

Syed(Australia) Dec 12, 2016 09:52am

Salute to the whole Military Command Ex and present. We trust our Army hope they will not let the nation down. Will stand like solid rock against all odds. Pakistan Zindabad Pak Army Paindabad

Naveen Dec 12, 2016 10:31am

This overhaul was long due. Gen. Bajwa looks man of deeds. Wishing all Pakistanins a Mubarak Eid milad un nabi.

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 13, 2016 10:46am

Professional and a competent soldier. Congrats Gen Mukhtar.

@Vinit yaar. If you were from a smaller nation always getting threatened by leaders of a nation, which has armed forces multiple times larger than you. Than you would have understood, why we and even Time magazine count them among the top hundred most powerful people in this world. Greetings from your neighbors Pakistan. Shanti.

imdadali Dec 13, 2016 12:34pm

Merit based transfer and posting were made in army. This all credit goes to new COAS and his predecessor who also suggested his name to the PM and his selection for top army slot seems excellent. It is good decision that incumbent chief has kept on the top priority internal security, which should be boost-up as it shall be boosted up we shall be able to control external threats easily. Selection of crops commander karachi and new DG ISI seems merit based as both the generals seems professionally sound.

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 13, 2016 01:39pm

@imdadali Gen RS is a great son of a soil!