Pakistan Ruler Musharraf Shuffles Top Army Ranks
Pakistan's military ruler General Pervez Musharraf Sunday carried out another reshuffle among the top posts in the army.
It is the second time Musharraf, who is also the chief of the army staff, has made changes in the command after assuming power in a bloodless coup in October 1999.
"It is strictly a routine affair and there is nothing political about it," a senior military official told AFP.
"The shuffle is to accomodate the six major generals who have been promoted as lieutenant generals," the official who did not want to be named said.
Major General Tariq Majeed was appointed as Director General Military Intelligence replacing Major General Ehsanul Haq who has been appointed as Corps Commander Peshawar.
Major General Ghulam Mustafa has been appointed as Corps Commander Mangla, replacing Lieutenant General Tauqir Zia who has been appointed as Inspector General Training and Evaluation. Zia also heads the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The outgoing Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant General Imtiaz Shaheen has been posted as Chief of Logistic Staff at General Headquarters.
Four other major generals have been promoted to the rank of lieutenant general including Major General Mohammad Akram of the country's powerful Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). They are to continue in the same positions.
In a more significant reshuffle in September, Musharraf changed some of his key military officials who took part in the coup.
He replaced the chairman of the anti-corruption National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and appointed a new Chief of General Staff (CGS).
Lieutenant General Muhammad Yusuf Khan, Commander Strike Corps, Multan was appointed as CGS and replaced Lieutenant General Muhammad Aziz Khan who took over as Corps Commander, Lahore – ISLAMABAD (AFP)
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