ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army on Tuesday announced promotion of four major generals to the rank of lieutenant general, decorating their shoulders with a third star. A promotion board, headed by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, on Tuesday approved the promotion of ISPR DG Asim Saleem Bajwa and three other major generals: Amir Riaz, Sadiq Ali and Umar Farooq Durrani, according to a press statement.

Lieutenant-General Asim Bajwa will retain his post as director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the mouthpiece of Pakistan Army. Lieutenant-General Amir Riaz has been posted as Commander Southern Command Quetta or Corps Commander Quetta to replace Lt-Gen Nasir Khan Janjua who will retire next month. Prior to his promotion, Amir was serving as Director General Military Operations (DGMO).

Lt-Gen Umar Farooq Durrani has been posted as Corps Commander Mangla. Prior to his promotion, he was serving as Vice Chief of General Staff.

Lieutenant-General Sadiq Ali, who was serving as General Officer Commanding Bahawalpur, has been made Corps Commander Lahore. Additionally, the ISPR reported following posting: Lt-Gen Ikramul Haq has been posted as Corps Commander Gujranwala, Lt-Gen Hilal Hussain as Commander Army Strategic Force Command and Lt-Gen Malik Zafar Iqbal as Corps Commander Rawalpindi. Zafar will replace Corps Commander Rawalpindi Lt-Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa who has been sent to GHQ and made Inspector General (IG) training.

General Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence have issued notifications for these appointments. The promoted officers will assume their new positions within next two months. Prior to his appointment as ISPR DG in 2012 by then COAS Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa was posted in Dera Ismail Khan as General Officer Commanding. Under his 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.

Lt-Gen Amir Riaz was appointed the Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) back in 2013. Riaz, formerly a head of the 111 Brigade, was also among the witnesses against fellow officer Brigadier (r) Ali Khan who was convicted for having links with banned organisation Hizbut Tahrir (HuT).

According to a report published in the BBC, Riaz was promoted to the rank of major general following his statement against Brigadier Ali. According to the report, Ali had tried to recruit Riaz in HuT, but had failed.