Vol. I Issue. 32
19 Brigadiers promoted to Major Generals
13 July 2012
The Army Promotion Board, headed by COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, promoted 19 Brigadiers to the rank of Major General on July 14. These included former in-charge of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) Crisis Management Cell Brig Omar Mahmood Hayat, Head of ISI Karachi, Brigadier Shafiq, whose father served in the Army as a JCO, Chief of Staff in Rawalpindi Corps Brig Hafiz Masroor (Infantry), Brig Musarrat Nawaz (Artillery) of the Bahalwalpur Corps, the man who earned the sword-of-honour in the 71st PMA, Brig Mohammad Irshad, and Presidential Medal holder Brig Samrez Salik (Artillery). Brig Umar Farook Burki (Armoured), currently posted in GHQ's MI Branch, Brig Naseer Ali Khan of the Southern Command Quetta, NDU's Brig Akhtar Jamil Rao, Aviation's Brig Nasir Dilawar Shah, Brig Arshad Mehmood, Brig Tariq Haleem Suri (Ordnance) and Brig Sanaullah (Infantry). Two brigadiers belonging to the EME - Brig Rehan Abdul Baqi and Brig Khalid Mehmood - and four brigadiers from the Army Medical Corps - Brig Asif Mumtaz Sukhera, Brig Maqbool Ahmed, Brig M Ayyub, and Brig Syed M Imran Majeed - were also promoted to the next rank.
Source(S): The News, July 14, 2012
Gunmen kill 8 in army camp attack
Gunmen killed eight people in an attack on a Pakistani army camp in the eastern city of Gujrat, where hard-line Islamist group, Difa-e-Pakistan had stopped on its way to the capital to protest against the government's decision to resume NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. The police officials said they were not sure whether the attackers were part of the protest rally. The gunmen killed seven soldiers at the camp and a police officer who tried to stop them, Mahmood said.
Source(S): Associated Press, July 10, 2012
India releases 'stray' Pakistani soldier
A Pakistani soldier, who unknowingly crossed Line of Control, was handed over to the Pakistani authorities on July 13. According to media reports, the action was in accordance to the ceasefire agreement between the two countries. NDTV, however, reported that the soldier was looking for 'asylum' in India due to lack of basic facilities on Pakistan border. The news channel said Arif Ali of the Frontier Force was arrested on July 12. He was unarmed. In October 2011, Pakistan had allowed an Indian Army helicopter carrying four army officials to return after it had strayed into its territory.
Source(s): The Express Tribune, July 13, 2012
General Kayani visits Dir
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani visited Panakot, Dir on July 06, 2012. COAS was briefed about the measures being adopted against the threat posed by militants operating from safe havens across the border. While talking to Officers Kayani praised their high morale and sense of sacrifice. He also met the local elders and thanked them for their co-operation. He said that the Army is committed for peace and development of the area and will not leave the region until terrorists are defeated and civil administration regulates smoothly. Kayani was received by Commander Peshawar Corps, Lieutenant General Khalid Rabbani and other senior officers.
Source(s): ISPR, July 06, 2012
An MI - 17 Helicopter had crashed near Skardu Airport on July 11 during a test flight, killing six crew members--Major Amir Azam, Havildar Abdual Waheed, Havildar Zeeshan Haider, Naik Muhammad Imran, Sepoy Kaleem Ullah and Sepoy Noor Mustafa. Two others were critically injured.
Source(s): ISPR, July 12, 2012
Pak Navy to resolve water crisis in Gwadar
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf issued directives to supply water from Mirani Dam to Gwadar and increase the capacity of Ankra dam in Balochistan province. Pakistan Navy officials said that short term and long term plans have been made to resolve water crisis of Gwadar and other areas of Makran division. PM asked the Pakistan Navy to prepare a feasibility report on projects to provide water to Gwadar.
Pak Navy has been distributing fresh drinking water among the residents of Gwadar in coordination and consultation with local district administration. According to Pakistan Navy two tankers named PNS Moawin and PNS Madadgar were sent Gwadar with approximately 1,100 tonnes of fresh drinking water on July 15.
Source(s): The Express Tribune, July 13 & Associated Press of Pakistan, July 15, 2012
(This monitor is prepared by Vinesh Kaushik, Research Intern at Observer Research Foundation.)