According to media reports, Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani has been appointed as the Corps Commander Karachi, earlier, he was serving as Quartermaster General (QMG) at General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, and will now replace Lieutenant General Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry, who has been appointed as Inspector General Arms at GHQ, Rawalpindi.
Lieutenant General Najib Ullah Khan has been appointed as Quartermaster General (QMG) at GHQ Rawalpindi by replacing Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani.
These transfers at the top of military hierarchy come amidst two crucial changes at the helm of military affairs in the country.
It is significant to recall that the government has already been mulling on the new names for Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJSC).
Meanwhile, a Formation Commanders’ Conference will be held at GHQ on Wednesday, November 20 (today), which would be chaired by COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. Defence analysts have the view that if Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani would retire from his post as per the schedule, then it would be the last Formation Commanders’ Conference under his chairmanship.
Media and information sources are astonished over the delay by the government in announcing new names for the key posts in Pak Army. It is pertinent to recall that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during election campaign had announced that his party would follow the principle of seniority for appointing new Army Chief.
Meanwhile as per an ISPR press, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), inaugurated the new Academic Block at Military College Jhelum (MCJ).
This academic block is part of a master plan which besides renovation of two cadet houses and the auditorium includes construction of a swimming pool, mosque, riding club, firing range, sports grounds, roads and commandant house. Having started in 2013, the projects will be completed in 2015. A large number of senior military officers, members of college alumni and college faculty were present on the occasion.
In his address, COAS said that provision of best infrastructure to educational institutions in the country was vital for grooming of the youth. He further emphasized that overall environment in these institutions had to be in harmony with the modern day requirements to make future generations capable of handling and leading the phenomenon of change.
While praising the achievements of MCJ, The COAS said that in its 88 years history, MCJ had done a commendable job as a feeder institution for the army. He hoped that recent addition of two new military colleges at Murree and Sui will go a long way in providing best possible educational facilities to youth.
Earlier on his arrival, Chief of the Army Staff was received in the college by Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif, Inspector General Training & Evaluation, Lieutenant General Sajjad Ghani, Quartermaster General and Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Commander 10 Corps.