RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – As part of the major reshuffle, Major General Babar Iftikhar has replaced Major General Ghafoor as the new Director General Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
On the other hand, Maj Gen Ghafoor has been appointed as the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Pakistan Army’s 40th Infantry Division in Okara.
In his latest tweet, the outgoing DG ISPR said, “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.”
He also expressed best wishes to new DG ISPR for his success.
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
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) January 16, 2020
Major General Babar Iftikhar
Major General Babar Iftikhar was commissioned in Pakistan Army in 1990. He is a graduate of Command and Staff College Quetta.
Iftikhar performed duties in Pakistan Military Academy and National Defence University. He was commanding Armed Division before assuming the position of DG-ISPR. The new DG ISPR is also a graduate from Royal Command and Staff College Jordan.
The ISPR said Maj Gen Iftikhar has vast experience in command, staff and instruction. He also served as a brigade major and brigade staff for an infantry division in North Waziristan.
In operation Zarb-e-Azb, Maj Gen Iftikhar also commanded the armoured and infantry brigades. Apart from teaching at the NDU, the Major General also taught at the Pakistan Military Academy.
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor was appointed as the DG ISPR in December 2016. He had replaced Lt Gen Asim Bajwa.
According to the ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor was commissioned on 9 Sep 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.