Former XI Corps Commander Appointed Secretary Defence

Government of Pakistan on Friday appointed Lt.Gen (R) Asif Yasin Malik as new defence secretary in place of Nargis Sethi who had been given the additional charge of defence ministry’s top bureaucrat in January this year.

Sethi was assigned the job after the dismissal of Lt-Gen (R) Naeem Khalid Lodhi at the peak of a civil-military standoff over the infamous memogate affair.

Malik retired from active service last December as commander of the Peshawar-based 11 Corps. While commanding the corps, he oversaw counter-insurgency operations in tribal areas.The new defence secretary, who had attended training courses in the US, will hit the ground running with signing next week a bilateral MoU with the US on transit of cargo.

The MoU was approved by the federal cabinet this week.

27 SSG Commandos Injured in Road Accident

Risalpur :  Twenty-seven commandos of Pakistan Army Special Services Group (SSG) were injured in a road mishap on Monday. As per details, an over speeding vehicle, carrying the SSG commandos to Attock from Peshawar, overturned in the Aman Garh area of Nowshera on GT Road. As a result, the army commandos sustained severe injuries. While eight of them are stated to be in a critical condition and have been admitted in the Combined Military Hospital. Those who have been severely injured are: Driver Muzammal, Lance Naik Zafar Iqbal, Muhammad Imran and Bakht Shad, besides Naik Arif, Ali Raza Khanum and Shahid. Other injured were discharged from the hospital after giving them first aid.

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.

Pakistan Army Helicopter Crashes, 5 killed‎

Gilgit: An army helicopter MI-17 crashed near the Skardu airport on Wednesday, killing five officials including the pilot and the co-pilot.

Three people also sustained injuries in the incident however it could not be immediately confirmed if the injured were civilians or military personnel as the ISPR Gilgit office, despite repeated attempts, did not respond to phone calls. “The crash occurred near the Skardu airport during a routine training flight,” ISPR and other sources in Skardu told.

According to ISPR, the three dead, other than the pilots, were aircrew. Sources said that the helicopter caught up fire in the air due to a technical fault before crashing on the ground near the airport. Locals saw the helicopter hovering over the sky during the day. The crash is the second major incident in the past two months after Giyari incident in the Baltistan region where an avalanche buried more than 135 army personnel and civilians.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf have offered condolences over the loss of lives in the incident.

Gayari: Three More Martyrs Recovered

RAWALPINDI: Bodies of three more Shaheed (martyrs) soldiers were recovered from Gayari sector of Siachen on Sunday bringing the total number of bodies recovered so far to 33.

According to a spokesman of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) here, identity of the bodies was under process.

It may be mentioned here that 139 soldiers, including some civilians of 6 Northern Light Infantry Battalion came under a huge snow slide early Saturday morning (April 7) in Gayari sector near Skardu.

Terrorist Attack on Pakistan Army Camp Near River Chenab

Image6 troops of the Pakistan Army were martyred in Gujrat when armed terrorists attacked a rescue camp of near the Chenab River. The camp was formed after an Army Aviation chopper crashes on May 24.

Sources said that the soldiers were offering the early morning prayers when the miscreants on bikes and car attacked them, six soldiers were killed on the spot along with a policeman who tried to follow the miscreants. Three soldiers were seriously Injured who have been shifted to the nearest hospital.

Pakistan Army Doctors Deputed at AHs

RAWALPINDI – The tug-of-war between Punjab government and the young doctors has taken the life of a poor young boy here at District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) on Monday.

A tuberculosis patient Muhammad Jahangir, 13, hails from Boring Road Railway Colony died at Male Ward of DHQ while the family of the deceased agitated, alleging the doctors for not seeing the patient despite his serious condition.

Mother of Muhammad Jahangir alleged that her son was not attended by doctors in the Male Medical Ward despite repeated requests were made.

According to ill-fated mother of Muhammad Jahangir, she brought her son suffering with tuberculosis to DHQ Male Ward early on in the morning. She said that a doctor examined her son and administered a drip to Jahangir and left the ward. After that, no body arrived to see the patient despite several requests, said the mother, adding that at last a doctor came and pronounced Jahangir as dead.

The family members and relatives of the young boy staged a protest demo outside DHQ Male Ward and chanted slogans against the doctors and Punjab government. The agitation of the family sparked unrest among the local government’s ranks as PML-N MNA Malik Shakeel Awan and District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar rushed to the hospital, soothed the family and negotiated DHQ Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Sher Ali Khan Niazi.

Talking to media men, Shakeel Awan said that doctors treated the patient, however, the young boy died a natural death. He said that earlier family members took the boy from DHQ without permission of doctors despite the fact that his condition was very serious.

He ruled out the possibility of any negligence on behalf of the doctors and said enough numbers of doctors were present in the hospitals to attend the patients.

Meanwhile, at least 15 doctors from Pakistan Army have been deputed at Holy Family Hospital (HFH), Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and DHQ. The doctors examined several patients.

Rawalpindi Medical College and AHs Chief Dr Musadiq, when contacted, said that the government called all the doctors cancelling their summer vacations. He said that some 45 doctors from rural areas had been deputed in AHs to attend the patients whereas 30 fresh lady doctors joined their duties as well.