RAWALPINDI – Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Friday ordered major reshuffle in Pakistan Army according to which Major General Asim Saleem Bajwa has been appointed as xthe new director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and spokesman for the Pakistan Army. Major General Athar Abbas, the incumbent of the office, is due to retire in June, 2012. Bajwa had been serving as a general officer commanding in Dera Ismail Khan for the last two years.
Under Bajwa’s leadership, the army conducted military operations in the South Waziristan tribal region to eliminate militancy and restore peace. Prior to that, Bajwa served as the deputy military secretary under Pervez Musharraf. Major General Asim Bajwa will take on responsibilities of the new office after Abbas retires in June. Bajwa was commissioned on 16th March, 1984 in Punjab Regiment. He has commanded 34 Punjab Regiment and has been the commander of 111 Brigade.
He has been chief of staff of a corps, instructor at command and staff course, brigade major of infantry brigade, platoon commander at Pakistan Military Academy. He is a graduate of Command and Staff College Quetta, NDU Islamabad and Staff College Camberley (UK).
Moreover, Major General Asif Khattak was sent to log area Gujranwala. He has been serving as Director Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). General Officer Commanding (GOC) Special Services Group (SSG) Major-Gen Farrukh Bashir and Inspector General Frontier Constabulary (FC) Maj-Gen Nasir Zaib have also been replaced.
Others who have been transferred include Major-Gen Hidayat, Major-Gen Mazhar Jamil, Major Gen Sadiq Ali.