COAS Visits Command & Staff College, Quetta

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Command and Staff College Quetta today. He addressed the student officers on professional matters. The address was followed by an extensive interactive session.

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani addressing the officers at Command and Staff College Quetta today.

Earlier on arrival, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Muhammad Alam Khattak, Commander Southern Command and Commandant Command and Staff College Major General Sohail Ahmad Khan.

New Indian COAS: General Bikram Singh Assumes Charge as India’s 25th COAS

General Bikram Singh assumes charge as the Chief of Army Staff on May 31, 2012.  He becomes the 25th chief of the world’s second-largest army.

He was commissioned on March 31, 1972, into the Sikh Light Infantry (SIKHLI) Regiment. His colleagues remember him as a bright cadet at the Indian Military Academy (IMA), where he held the appointment of Battalion Cadet Adjutant (BCA).

The affable cadet, known as ‘Bikki’ to his friends, topped the Young Officer’s course at the Infantry School and was adjudged the ‘Best Young Officer.’ He was also awarded the prestigious ‘Commando Dagger’ for being the best commando along with ‘Best in Tactics’ trophy.

It was during his tenure as an instructor at the Commando Wing of the Infantry School that General Singh met the woman he would marry. Then a young Captain, he met, Surjeet Kaur – popularly known as ‘Bubbles’ in army circles – at a family wedding. “It indeed was love at first sight,” the General recalled.  “Within a week, things were arranged and we got engaged. However, I was not happy with the marriage being fixed after six months. So, I called her up from Belgaum and told her to be prepared for marriage within a month. Of course, this required convincing parents and family members on both sides.” Bubbles joined him at the Commando Wing of the Infantry School within the stated time-frame.

“During various demonstrations that used to be organised for the public, I ensured that Bubbles was present to see and appreciate our commando skills and techniques,” he shared.
“Bikki’s friends ensured that for nearly a month-and-half, I didn’t have to cook any meal after I joined him. Either we were invited to a friend’s house or they would send us meals at home,” says his wife.  They have two sons.

After the ‘Higher Command Course’, he served his first tenure in the Military Operations (MO) Directorate. The tenure, as a Director, coincided with the Kargil war and he was assigned to brief the media on the daily progress of the conflict. Later, he was also made responsible for writing the official version of the war history.

He went on to serve four more important tenures at Army HQ which included one additional tenure in the MO Directorate as the Deputy Director General, thereafter, two tenures in the Perspective Planning Directorate, initially as the Deputy Director General of Perspective Planning (Strategy) and later, as the head of the Army’s ‘Think Tank’ as the Additional Director General (the appointment now has since been upgraded to the post of Director General). He would later return to Army HQ as a Lieutenant General to serve as the Director General Staff Duties (DGSD) that facilitates the overall functioning of various branches of Army HQ, and serves as an interface with other government agencies besides looking at the Indian Army’s training teams abroad and UN peacekeeping operations.

In between the ‘Staff’ roles, Gen Bikram Singh went on to command several other operational field formations. These include command of a Rashtriya Rifles Sector in South Kashmir, an Infantry Division in J&K and the prestigious 15 Corps at Srinagar. His tenure later as the Army Commander of Eastern Command was also marked by significant improvements in both the conventional and sub-conventional war-fighting arenas.

As a Brigadier, he was selected to attend the US Army War College, Pennsylvania, where besides excelling in academics he also won the International Toastmaster’s award in public speaking.

His international forays with peace-keeping missions include two assignments with the United Nations in Central America (ONUCA and ONUSAL) and as the Deputy Force Commander and GOC of Eastern Division in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Colleagues remember him for being a ‘soldier’s soldier’ for spending time and working hard with his troops on the ground.

Gifted with a razor-sharp memory for details, General Singh is known to often surprise old friends – even those he has not met in decades – with references to their family members and memories of time spent together.

The army chief as a young boy studied at Punjab Public School, Nabha. An avid sportsman, cricket, athletics and hockey were his favourite games in school. Singing and painting were his other talents that also fetched him awards in school. “Classical songs and ghazals are my favourites,” he reveals.

As a young student, the chief had considered becoming a doctor. He was an exceptional student of Zoology and Biology. But the wars of 1962 and 1965 motivated him to join the NDA in 1968. When asked whether he ever regrets the choice made, Gen Bikram says, “If I were ever to be born again, I would only join the Indian army.

via NDTV

COAS Inaugurates Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge In Barrikot, Swat

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Barrikot, Swat, today to inaugurate Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge. The bridge which connects 15 towns and 45 villages, was completely washed away during floods of 2010.

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani along with the ambassador of UAE to Pakistan, His Excellency Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi during inauguration of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Bridge at Barrikot, Swat on Friday

The bridge is one of the projects undertaken by FWO in collaboration with United Arab Emirates in KPK. UAE is providing considerable assistance for infrastructure development in areas affected by War against Terror. Economic activities generated by such projects will bring immediate relief to the people of the area and also, in longer run, combat militancy by providing the youth with viable employment opportunities.

A group photo of Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani along with the ambassador of UAE to Pakistan, His Excellency Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi .

The ambassador of UAE to Pakistan, His Excellency Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi, as well as dignitaries from UAE Embassy and UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme (UPAP) and notables from the area were also present on the occasion. COAS thanked the Ambassador for the generous assistance of UAE and efforts to cement the abiding friendship between the people of the two countries. He also appreciated the efforts of the rank and file of FWO, for providing speedy and quality construction work in far flung areas, often amidst dangerous working conditions.
On arrival, COAS was received by Commander Peshawar Corps, Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani and other senior officers.

COAS and CAS Attend Seminar on Air Threat In Kharian Garrison

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Kharian, today, to attend a seminar on Air Threat.

Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Tahir Rafique Butt attending the seminar on Air Threat in Kharian today.

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal, Tahir Rafique Butt also attended the seminar. The panel presenting the seminar comprised of senior officers of both Army and PAF. The interaction provided a forum to analyze the air threat to Pakistan, its effects on land operations and also, to validate response options.

 On arrival, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Tariq Khan, Commander Mangla Corps. 

COAS Gen Kayani Visits Peshawar Garrison

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Headquarters of Peshawar Corps, today.

COAS was briefed about the ongoing operations against the terrorists as well as various projects aimed at rebuilding infrastructure, and help bring affected areas back to normalcy through education, and economic development. COAS expressed satisfaction over the progress of operations and stressed upon the need to ensure that collateral damage and civilian casualties are kept to a minimum.

Earlier, COAS laid a wreath on the Shuhada monument at Peshawar Cantt and also visited the injured soldiers under treatment at CMH Peshawar. He praised the courage and valour of the troops as well as sacrifices of civilians caught in the midst of active operations.

On arrival, COAS was received by Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani, Commander Peshawar Corps. 

Watch Complete 2012 Youm-e-Shuhada Ceremony Held at GHQ

3rd Youm-e-Shuhada (Day of Martyrs) was observed with perseverance and solemnity at all Garrisons of the country on April 30, 2012.

The day was marked to commemorate the sacrifices of Pakistan Army, while protecting the motherland against internal and external threats.
Wreath laying ceremonies were held at Yadgar-e-Shuhada’s to pay homage to supreme sacrifices rendered by sons of the soil.

Main ceremony of Yaum-e-Shuhada was held at GHQ. Yaum-e-Shuhada ceremony was witnessed by a large number of families of Shuhada, parliamentarians, services chiefs, diplomats and people from all walks of life including the media.

Corps Commander Peshawar Pays Rich Tributes To Martyrs

A special Shuhada Day ceremony was held at Yadgar-e-Shuhada Peshawar to commemorate the sacrifices of the heroes, who laid down their lives while safeguarding the frontiers of the country against the menace of terrorism.

Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani and Lieutenant Colonel Sameen Jan Baber (SJ) and Bar were the chief guest on the occasion, laid the wreath at Yadgar-i-Shuhada, says an ISPR press release on Monday.

Corps Commander while addressing on the occasion said that the defenders of Pakistan have withstood multifarious challenges and tests of time.

Backed by the people of Pakistan, its Armed Forces always rose to the occasion, be it guarding the frontiers in war, protecting the lives of people in various calamities, rendering services for nation building, purging the society of the menace of terrorism.

Pak Army has a tradition of looking after the families of these Shuhada and in this regard different welfare packages/ schemes have been initiated for the bereaved families.

Lieutenant Colonel Sameen Jan Baber, while speaking on the occasion, said that nation is proud of our heroes who have proved their mettle in the hour of need and world has recognised the courage and bravery of our soldiers.

The ceremony was attended by the large number of Shuhada families, political leadership, serving and retired civil and army officers, police, FC, members of civil society, students and teachers of colleges and universities.