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Lt Gen (Retd) Asif Yasin Named new Secretary Defence

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ISLAMABAD: In a major administrative reshuffle, the government has decided to appoint former corps commander Peshawar Lt-Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik as full time defence secretary, sources said on Thursday.
He would replace Nargis Sethi, who held the additional charge of defence secretary. The notification in this connection is expected to be issued today (Friday). However, Sethi will continue serving as Secretary Cabinet Division, sources said. Similarly, sources said Shafqat Jalil of the Information Group is being appointed as new press secretary to the prime minister.Earlier, there were reports that Nargis Sethi will represent Pakistan at the signing of MoU between Pakistan and the US.
Pakistan and the US are all set to sign the landmark first agreement to regulate the NATO/ISAF land supplies to Afghanistan in line with the recommendations of the Parliament here during the next couple of days. Diplomatic sources privy to the development told Media on Thursday that both sides have approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) drafted by Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence.
“The only question left now is who would sign the document from Pakistan’s side. It is still not known to us whether the Secretary Defence Nargis Sethi or someone from Ministry of Foreign Affairs would sign the document,” a senior US Embassy official said.He said US Charge d’Affaires Richard Hoagland would probably sign the MoU as US representative.Sources in the Foreign Office were still not sure about the format of the MoU signatories from Pakistan, but there are strong indications that powerful Secretary Defence would sign the document on behalf of Government of Pakistan.“Since the document is related to the Ministry of Defence, therefore, there are more chances of Nagir Sethi signing the document,” a source added. – Nation

Retired general to replace Sethi | Times of Pakistan
 

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What's the difference b/w secretary of defense and defense minister. Who has more power? BTW good development. Did he serve as CC XI Corps in 2009?
 

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What's the difference b/w secretary of defense and defense minister. Who has more power? BTW good development. Did he serve as CC XI Corps in 2009?
Minister of Defence is senior and secretary defence is senior most bureaucrat of Defence Ministry. Yes he was Corps Commander there
 

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Retired Pakistan Army generals are lucky guys! :tup: Post retirement benefits are awesome! From allotment of huge plots at concessional rates of EMI to plum posts in the government! Wow!

How do I join the Pakistan Army? :woot: :lol:
 

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Retired Pakistan Army generals are lucky guys! :tup: Post retirement benefits are awesome! From allotment of huge plots at concessional rates of EMI to plum posts in the government! Wow!

How do I join the Pakistan Army? :woot: :lol:
Thank you mate for the concern but we would not like to discuss here.
 

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Any comments on his personality and suitability for this post ? (from the people whoo know him)
 

alibaz

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Any comments on his personality and suitability for this post ? (from the people whoo know him)
A very competent officer who always maintained highest professional and human values. I v met him twice courtesy one of his close family relation who happens to be my close friend.
 

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Army wins back its seat...Yeeeahhyyy...........
Ever since 1973 this post has mostly been filled by Retired Army Generals but civilians had also been there for good amount of time, therefore winning back seat means nothing. Unfortunately we try to find controversies out of nothing.
List of Defence Secretaries

Maj Gen Iskander Mirza October 1947 May 1954
Akhter Husain June 1954 August 1957
Muhammad Khurshid March 1958 June 1959
S Fida Hussain July 1958 August 1961
Nazir Ahmed August 1961 September 1965
S Fida Hussain September 1965 June 1966
S I Haque June 1966 December 1966
S. Ghias Uddin Ahmed December 1966 August 1973
Maj Gen (R) Fazal Muqeem Khan August 1973 October 1977
Ghulam Ishaq Khan (Secretary General) October 1975 July 1977
Lt Gen Ghulam Jilani Khan (Secretary General) October 1977 April 1980
Maj Gen (R) M Rahim Khan November 1980 December 1985
Asif Rahim June 1981 June 1984
Aftab Ahmad Khan February 1984 August 1985
Ijlal Haider Zaidi August 1985 November 1989
Salim Abbas Jilani November 1989 November 1996
Hasan Raza Pasha November 1996 May 1997
Lt Gen (R) Iftikhar Ali Khan May 1997 October 1999
Lt Gen (R) Naseem Rana October 1999 March 2001
Lt Gen (R) Hamid Nawaz Khan March 2001 May 2005
Lt Gen (R) Tariq Waseem Ghazi May 2005 April 2007
Kamran Rasool April 2007 November 2008
Lt Gen (R) Syed Athar Ali November 2008 November 2011
Lt Gen (R) Naeem Khalid Lodhi November 2011 January 2012
Nargis Sethi
 

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Retired Pakistan Army generals are lucky guys! :tup: Post retirement benefits are awesome! From allotment of huge plots at concessional rates of EMI to plum posts in the government! Wow!

How do I join the Pakistan Army? :woot: :lol:
If you want to clean our soldiers toilets, we will think about it, otherwise we won't even let you enter into pakistan! :lol:
 

Dil Pakistan

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A very competent officer who always maintained highest professional and human values. I v met him twice courtesy one of his close family relation who happens to be my close friend.
I hope he can do some good for the country.
 

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Ever since 1973 this post has mostly been filled by Retired Army Generals but civilians had also been there for good amount of time, therefore winning back seat means nothing. Unfortunately we try to find controversies out of nothing.
true in the earlier years the CSP officer was better educated, more professional in his approach and by and large 'trusted' by all pillars of the state - not anymore. therefore the alternative is retd mil-officers. i would still like to see 'civilians' in these posts if they qualify not someone's 'chamcha' as this lady sethi was of gilani.
 

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