ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen Nigar Johar on Tuesday became the first woman three-star general in the history of Pakistan’s military.
Military spokesman Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar announced her promotion on twitter. “Maj Gen Nigar Johar, HI (M) promoted as Lieutenant General,” he tweeted.
Gen Johar has been serving in the army’s medical corps for almost three decades and has held various management positions during her career.
She is a graduate of the Army Medical College and holds an MCPS degree in family medicine, MSc in advanced medical administration and a Masters in Public Health. She has served as the National Instructor of Hospital Preparedness in Emergency.
Gen Johar’s military career is filled with firsts. Besides being the first female officer to be promoted to three-star rank, she was also the first female officer to command an army hospital, when she headed Combined Military Hospital, Jhelum, as a brigadier. At the time of her promotion, she was commanding the Military Hospital, Rawalpindi.
She has been decorated with Tamgha-i- Imtiaz (Military) and is also the recipient of Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal for meritorious services in Army Medical Corps from the prime minister of Pakistan.
Published in Dawn, July 1st, 2020