Pakistan Army Appoints New DG ISPR, to Replace Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor

by Nadia Riaz on January 16, 2020 | Images Source Social Media


ISLAMABAD: In a major reshuffle, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor will leave his post as director-general Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and be replaced by Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar.

Maj Gen Ghafoor’s services have been transferred to the 40th Infantry Division (Okara), where he will serve as the general officer commanding (GOC). 

“Best wishes to [the] new DG ISPR for his success.”

He also tweeted from his personal Twitter account, expressing gratitude towards the people for the love and support he received during his tenure as the DG ISPR.

Maj Gen Ghafoor was posted as the DG ISPR in December 2016, replacing Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa as the head of the military’s media wing. 

As per the ISPR, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor — who is a graduate of the Command & Staff College Quetta, Command & Staff College Bandung (Indonesia) and NDU Islamabad — was commissioned on September 9, 1988, in 87 Medium Regiment. 

The profile of the former DG ISPR read: “The general has served on various staff, instructional and commands assignments to include Brigade Major Infantry Brigade, Assistant Military Secretary MS Branch, GHQ, Directing Staff Command & Staff College Quetta, and Director Military Operations in Military Operations Directorate, GHQ.”

Who is new DG ISPR Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar?

According to the ISPR, studied from Quetta Law College, graduated from National Defense University Islamabad, where he also taught as a faculty member later on.

The new DG ISPR is also a graduate from Royal Command and Staff College Jordan.

The ISPR said Maj Gen Iftikhar has vast experience in command, staff, and instruction. He also served as a brigade major and brigade staff for an infantry division in North Waziristan.

In operation Zarb-e-Azb, Maj Gen Iftikhar also commanded the armored and infantry brigades.

Apart from teaching at the NDU, the Major General also taught at the Pakistan Military Academy.

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