Published On: Fri, Jan 17th, 2020
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Major General Babar Iftikhar posted as new DG ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Thursday announced the posting of the service’s new spokesperson.

Major General Babar Iftikhar has been posted as the new director-general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and replaces the incumbent Major General Asif Ghafoor.

Major General Iftikhar was commanding an armour division in Multan.

Major General Iftikhar was commissioned in 6 Lancers in March 1990. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College Quetta, National Defence University Islamabad and Royal Command and Staff College Jordan. The General Officer carries with him a rich command, staff and instructional experience.

He has served as Brigade Major in an Armoured Brigade, Brigadier Staff in an Infantry Division in North Waziristan and Chief of Staff in Corps Headquarters. He has commanded an Armoured Brigade and infantry Brigade in North Waziristan (Operation Zarb-i-Azb). He also served on the faculty of Pakistan Military Academy and National Defence University Islamabad. He is married with four sons. An avid reader and golfer, Major General Babar Iftikhar was presently commanding an Armoured Division before being appointed as DG ISPR.

Meanwhile Major General Asif Ghafoor has now been posted as General Officer Commanding (GOC), 40 Division Okara.

“Alhamdulillah. Thanks to everyone I have remained associated with during the tenure. My very special thanks to Media all across. Can’t thank enough fellow Pakistanis for their love and support.

Best wishes to new DG ISPR for his success. #PakArmedForcesZindabad#PakistanZindabad”, Major General Asif Ghafoor wrote on twitter.

Profile: Major General Asif Ghafoor:

Major General Asif Ghafoor was appointed as the DG ISPR in December 2016. He had replaced Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa.

According to the ISPR website, Major General Asif Ghafoor was commissioned on 9 September 1988 in 87 Medium Regiment. He is graduate of Command & Staff College Quetta, Command & Staff College Bandung (Indonesia) and NDU Islamabad. He holds master’s degree in strategic studies.

The General has served on various staff, instructional and command 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. He has commanded his parent unit in Operation Al-Mizan, Artillery Brigade on Line of Control, Infantry Brigade on Eastern Border and a Division at Swat, Malakand. General is recipient of COAS Commendation Card for operations in Bajaur during 2008. General is DG ISPR since December 2016.