Army Promotion Board: 19 Brigadiers Promoted as Major Generals

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army Promotion Board approved on Friday promotion of 19 brigadiers to the rank of major general, according to an official announcement.

The decision was made at a promotion board meeting, chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

All corps commanders, principal staff officers and senior army officials were also present in the meeting.

According to a statement issued by the ISPR, the names of brigadiers promoted to the rank of major general are Umar Farooq Barki, Shafiq, Musarrat Nawaz, Naseer Ali Khan, M Irshad, Samrez Salik, Akhtar Jamal Rao, Sanaullah, Hafiz Masroor, Nasir Dilawar Shah, Arshad Mehmood, Tariq Haleem Suri, Omar Mahmood Hayat, Rehan Abdul Baqi, Khalid Mehmood, Asif Mumtaz Sukera, Mqabool Ahmed, M Ayyub and Syed M Imran Majeed.

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) Pioneer Institution in the Country to be Awarded ISO-15189

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Rawalpindi was awarded ISO-15189 accreditation by Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC), in a prestigious ceremony held at Islamabad. Honorable Minister for Science & Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali was the chief guest at the occasion.  All six laboratories (departments) of AFIP were simultaneously accredited for this highly coveted achievement.  AFIP becomes the pioneer institution in the whole country to have satisfactorily met the criteria as per ISO-15198.
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Rawalpindi is one of the premier health care establishments of Pakistan Armed Forces.  Ever since its inception, it has gone from strength to strength in its stated mission of provision of diagnostic facilities, imparting postgraduate training in many disciplines of pathology and promotion of research and development activities.  As a quality conscious establishment, the institute has stringent protocols for the analysis, performance and systematic efforts to improve it. It received its ISO 9001-2008 certification in 2009.  The recent accreditation is based on ISO-15189 standards which specifies requirements for accreditation, quality and competence particular to medical laboratories.

GHQ Appoints New Anti-Narcotics Force Head

The GHQ appointed Maj Gen Malik Zafar Iqbal as Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) director general. According to an ISPR press release issued on Monday, Iqbal is presently commanding an infantry division in Lahore garrison.

Meanwhile, according to a separate ISPR press release, Maj Gen Azeem Asif was appointed Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) deputy chairman.

ISPR – Update Avalanche Clearance at Gayari Sector, Siachen

Army has employed all possible efforts/manpower for rescue activities at Gayari Sector since last one month inspite of harsh weather conditions. The excavators work at seven sites in is progress with full pace and restoration of water channel is also underway round the clock.

A nonstop, deliberate and methodical Rescue Operation, supported by all available resources is under wayArmy has employed all possible efforts/manpower for rescue activities at Gayari Sector since last one month inspite of harsh weather conditions.

The excavators work at seven sites in is progress with full pace and restoration of water channel is also underway round the clock. A nonstop, deliberate and methodical Rescue Operation, supported by all available resources is under way

General Kayani Sends Message to India from Siachen

Gayari (Siachen): Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s reiteration on Thursday for more confidence building measures (CBMs) between Pakistan and India seemed more intended for Indian ears than the former.

In a way, Kayani’s third visit to Gayari where 139 men of the 6th Northern Light Infantry were buried alive in an avalanche on April 7 indicated a CBM of sorts. It was the first time that an Indian journalist Aneeta Joshua of daily The Hindu, was taken to a forward position that is a mere 3.5 miles away from combat posts at Siachen. She was barred from visiting even the twin city of Rawalpindi in the last two years since she had been posted in Islamabad. In the changing circumstances, Aneeta was allowed to travel the entire breadth of Gilgit-Baltistan that her country disputes as part of Pakistan.

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his visit to Gayari on Thursday with father of Major Zaka, who came under avalanche on 7 April 2012, talking to journalists.

The COAS chose the occasion to also reiterate his call for demilitarisation of Siachen. In Pakistan, he said in response to a question, the idea got across-the-board support. ìIt has been received positively in India also except with some ifs and buts. That is understandable because there have to be CBMs between the two countries and then we have to move forward. Let’s hope we can move forward.

He referred to a peaceful resolution of the issue for the third time in a month but pointed out that there had been a regression in the talks after India shifted its goalpost. He said the two countries were close to a resolution in 1989 by agreeing to authenticate [ground positions] in the northern most point of the LoC (technically known as NJ 9842). However, India has changed phraseology by asking for demarcation of the Line of Control (LoC) at the last defence secretary-level talks on Siachen.

He re-emphasised that he was all for a peaceful resolution but short of that we will do what we are supposed to do — fighting, that is. The presence of Aneeta Joshua, it seemed, was to convey the message to her one billion countrymen back home.

She may be the only Indian to see this picturesque part of Pakistan that boasts four out of the top 10 highest peaks in the world, not to mention the theatre of war from behind the enemy lines. Wearing the specialised white gear worn by soldiers in this oxygen-deficient environment, where more people die of frostbite than combat, her inquisitiveness was palpable. She asked a Pakistani colleague if she could take a few photographs. Well, you have not been stopped.

She was not even stopped from sitting with her Pakistani counterparts in the official meeting that had the cream of Pakistan Army. The COAS himself opened up the discussion describing the harsh circumstances in which soldiers had to operate. He said he could not help sharing his thoughts as he had served as the GOC and then corp commander in-charge of that area.

The local commander could not resist saying that the confidential briefing was meant for the chief and he did not expect journalists (let alone an Indian one) to be there. It turned out to be a good presentation but was hardly the material that one cannot Google.

It was an awkward situation for the troops if not shocking to find an enemy within their midst. An army officer almost fell in disbelief when he realised in the middle of a conversation about the combat situation that one of his audiences was an Indian. A soldier was asked if he had seen an Indian before. ìNot on our side of the border, he responded frankly while staring at Aneeta as if she was a different specie.

Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas, when asked about this, dismissed the linkage between Aneeta’s presence and the chief’s statement on India as far-fetched. He said the focus of the visit was to bring the father of Major Zaka, who lay buried in the rubble, to see the effort by the army to recover the bodies. Aneeta’s visit is part of Armyís campaign to open up,î he said while pointing out that the Pakistan Army had already taken Indian journalists to trouble spots like Chakoti in Azad Kashmir and Swat. May be we are more confident than the Indians about our case.”

India Has Hardened Its Stand On Siachen Says COAS Gen Kayani

Skardu: Pakistan’s powerful army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani contended that India had hardened its position on the Siachen issue, especially compared to the situation in 1989, when the two sides were “close to a resolution”.

Speaking to the media during a visit to a high-altitude army camp in Siachen sector that was hit by an avalanche on April 7, Kayani indicated that India had toughened its stance on the issue and there had been “some kind of regression”.

He reiterated that there should be “a peaceful resolution of the issue”.

“We were close to a resolution in 1989 when Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi came to Pakistan. It didn’t materialise. I don’t want to go into technicalities. There have been several meetings,” Kayani said.

“At the last Defence Secretary-level meeting, there was some kind of regression. Because the term used earlier was authentication but in the last meeting, the Indian side said they want demarcation of the LoC ( Line of Control),” he added.

“Having said this, we still have to talk. There is nothing like a peaceful resolution. The best thing is a peaceful resolution but short of that, we will do what we are supposed to do,” the army chief said while responding to questions.

“It takes two hands to clap,” he added. Asked about the Indian response to his comments last month about the demilitarisation of Siachen, Kayani said his remarks were “received positively except for some ifs and buts, but that is understandable because there have to be CBMs between the two countries and then we have to move forward. Let’s hope we can move forward.”

In Pakistan, he said, there was support “across the board” for what he had said.

General Kayani Visits Gayari Sector

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Gayari, today, to see the progress of rescue efforts.

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani during his visit to Gayari on Thursday with father of Major Zaka, who came under avalanche on 7 April 2012, talking to journalists.

COAS was briefed about the progress of ongoing work including the efforts to create a water course to safely drain the lake formed by blocking of Gayari river by the avalanche. The satellite data link also became operational today, which will allow real time video monitoring of relief work from GHQ.

COAS remained with the troops for some time and lauded their motivation in face of tough conditions and extreme weather. He appreciated their resolve to upkeep Army’s proud tradition of not leaving a man behind, until humanly possible, regardless of cost.

COAS was also accompanied by Commander Rawalpindi Corps and a media team, invited to witness firsthand, the ongoing activities at disaster site.