Inside the Pakistan Army: Moves on the Chessboard

Generation Why: South Asian Voices, Stimson Center, June 5, 2015

Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, NIAS and Ramya P.S, Junior Research Fellow, ISSSP

gen-why-300x141On April 9, 2015, Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) put out two short press releases. The two-line press releases gave the names of the officers promoted from the rank of Maj. General to Lt. General and details of key new postings. This was the second major reshuffle that has taken place in the higher echelons of the Pakistan Army after General Raheel Sharif took over as the 15th Chief of the Pakistan Army in November 2013. The article examines the recent appointments within the Pakistan Army and analyses the changes that have occurred under current Army Chief Raheel Sharif. Specifically, the possible changes have occurred within the Strategic Plans Division are assessed and predictions on the possible choices for the next Army Chief made.

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