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New chief of ISPR takes charge today

January 15, 2008

RAWALPINDI, Jan 14: Major General Athar Abbas will assume the charge of Director-General Inter Services Public Relations on Tuesday.

Major General Athar was commissioned in October 1976 from Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, and belongs to Armoured Corps. He has held various command, staff and instructional appointments, including command of an armoured regiment, armoured brigade and armoured division. He has been General Staff Officer (Operations) in various Armoured Formations. He is a graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta, and Armed Forces Staff College, Malaysia. He is a participant of the executive course at Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA. He has attended Armed Forces War Course and National Defence Course at the National Defence University, Islamabad. He has been on the faculty of Command and Staff College, Quetta, and National Defence University, Islamabad. He holds Masters Degrees in War Studies as well as Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. He was promoted Major-General in June 2005.

Before joining Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate, Major General Athar was serving as Director General Quartering and Lands in Quartermaster General’s Branch, General Headquarters.

He is married and has three children.