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Jamshed Gulzar Kiani dies

November 02, 2008

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ISLAMABAD, Nov 1: Former Corp Commander Rawalpindi (10 Corps) Lt General (retired) Jamshed Gulzar Kiani died on Saturday after protracted illness.

His namaz-e-jinaza will be offered on Sunday at the Army graveyard race course ground Rawalpindi at 3 p.m. According to family sources, his funeral was delayed till arrival of his daughter from London on Sunday.

He was admitted to the at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) with the complaint of pain in abdomen where doctors diagnosed an infection in his stomach and suggested operation.

Despite his operation his condition kept on deteriorating and he went in a state of coma and was in the same condition for the last many days.

Jamshed Gulzar Kayani held several important positions in Pakistan Army. He was working as Director General Inter Services Intelligence at the time of military takeover of October 1999. He was promoted to the rank of Lt General and appointed Commander of the all important 10 Corps.

After his retirement as Corps Commander Rawalpindi he was appointed Chairman Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) by the then President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. The tenure of Chairman FPSC was cut to three years after he developed differences with his ex-military boss.

After resigning from the post, he played an active role in the ex-servicemen society’s struggle for separation of the offices of the President and Army Chief.

He faced the threats of court martial last year for raising voice on many matters that have been tabooed in Pakistan for many years. He asked for an inquiry into Kargil operations, which he called a ‘debacle'.

He also demanded inquiry into the assault on Red Mosque (Lal Masjid) and the girls’ seminary (Jamia Hafsa) of Islamabad and claimed that phosphorus bombs were used in the assault.

He also called for the trial of General Pervez Musharraf for repeatedly violating the constitution.