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Nov
07

Fact File: General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani

With General Pervez Musharraf stepping down as COAS yesterday, his successor, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the former head of Pakistan’s main spy agency (ISI) has been brought in to the limelight in a time when the image of Pakistan Armed Forces is being heavily undermined owing to the recent geo-political events taking place in the country. General Kayani has been spoken of as a ‘quiet soldier’ who gets ‘a lot done without making much noise’. A clear indication of this fact being that he has so far ensured that he remains sidelined from the political grapevine. Will he be able to keep that up in times to come is a question everyone is asking. A lot is expected of him with regards to reforming not only the image of Pakistan Army but also establish and promote its credibility while keeping at distance from the unstable political environment.

Here are five important facts about General Kayani that you may or may not know:

1- Born into one of northern Punjab province’s largest and most powerful clans, Kayani, 55, studied at a Military College Jhelum, before training at the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and also graduating from the National Defense College in Islamabad.

2- After fighting as a lieutenant in the 1971 war against India, Kayani was appointed as the deputy military secretary to Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1988. He won accolades for sensitively overseeing troop movements in a tense 2001-2002 border standoff between Pakistan and India as the army’s chief operational commander.

3- In September 2003, Kayani was promoted to command the army’s elite 10 Corps in the garrison town of Rawalpindi. The General headed investigations into two December 2003 assassination attempts against General Musharraf, securing several convictions, before being appointed Director-General (DG) of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agencyin October 2004.

4- Closely involved in Pakistan’s anti-terrorism initiatives, this low-profile military man is said to be well-regarded by U.S. counterparts. His promotion to General and appointment as vice army chief in early October 2007 came as part of Musharraf’s planned transition to civilian leader.

5- This year, Kayani was involved in inconclusive negotiations with Bhutto on a power-sharing deal whereby Musharraf would continue as civilian president and Bhutto, Kayani’s former boss, returned to politics. Seen as largely apolitical, Kayani is a strong soldier and believes that the role of Armed forces in politics should be non-existent.

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2 Responses to “Fact File: General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani”


  1. 1 zeeshan
    May 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    pervez kiyani please stop the operation in northen pakistan if yu are realy a muslim
    solder than yu fight against the dronz attack because in 80 dronz attack killed 800
    inocent muslims like women children and only 12 taliban are killed thats why the
    distrub family members are take in action like suside boming.so i will request to
    yu stop the operation of inocent people of pakistan if yu have not to take in action
    pakistani peoples are take in action of govt. inshallah

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