American-trained general to be next chief of Pakistan army

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  1. And so we mould another firm friend. After Mamohan of India, this is our biggest coup in south Asia. The War on Terra has never looked better.

    Those who think America is handling the war badly are misinformed. We are doing cunning things, we have a cunning plan. Pakistan was ever the prize, not Afghanistan. From there India, from India Asia, from Asia, American hegemony for another century. Brits are oblivious as usual.


    Ashfaq Kiyani New VCOAS; Tariq Majeed new CJCS
    October 2nd, 2007 Arif Rafiq

    Aaj TV has just reported that Lt. Gen. Ashfaq Kiyani (alt spellings: Ashfaq Kayani and Ashfaq Kiani) has been promoted to four-star general and appointed as the vice chief of army staff (VCOAS). This paves the way for his succession of Gen. Pervez Musharraf as chief of army staff when the latter retires from the army in the coming weeks. Lt. Gen. Tariq Majeed has also been promoted to four-star general and will become the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff (CJCS).


    Pakistan: Musharraf's Likely Successor
    A Westernized, chain-smoking spy could soon become the most powerful man in Pakistan.
    By Ron Moreau and Zahid Hussain

    Oct. 8, 2007 issue - Pervez Musharraf could hardly be flattered to think why some people are so eager for him to win Pakistan's Oct. 6 presidential vote. It's because he'll have to step down as armed forces chief before he's sworn in—as he promised just before the Supreme Court decided last week to let him run again. The general must know how desperately Pakistan's military needs a full-time commander, especially after he's spent months too busy fighting for his political life to give the job his proper attention. So Musharraf is widely believed to have chosen a successor at last: Lt. Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, the former director general of the military's powerful spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Although Kiyani has always kept a low public profile, people who have worked closely with him speak highly of his abilities—more highly in some cases than his boss might like. "Kiyani is not only a strong commander," says a Western military official in Islamabad, asking not to be named on such a delicate topic. "He's the most competent candidate by far."

    Musharraf's successor as military chief will need all the skill he can muster—and on several fronts at once. The Pentagon wants him to turn much of Pakistan's military into a counterinsurgency force, trained and equipped to combat Al Qaeda and its extremist supporters along the Afghan border. As a civilian head of state, Musharraf will need a strong, capable top officer who can revive the fighting spirit of a badly demoralized Army. In the past two months, suicide bombers have relentlessly attacked Army convoys, camps, mess halls and mosques. The extremists have killed more than 200 Pakistani soldiers, and tribal militants have captured more than 250 others as hostages. "The Army has had its butt kicked in the tribal area," says the Western military official. "But I'm optimistic that if Musharraf's choice is Kiyani, he can start to turn the Army around."

    Those who know Kiyani say he's a smart, tough, talented commander—and pro-Western, in the bargain. The son of an Army NCO, he climbed rapidly through military ranks. In 2003, when members of the armed forces were implicated in two assassination attempts against Musharraf, the president put Kiyani in charge of the investigation—and applauded the way he got the country's rival intelligence services working together for a change. "When Kiyani got tough, the problems of coordination disappeared and the agencies started working like a well-oiled machine," Musharraf recalls in his memoir, "In the Line of Fire." Within months Kiyani had unraveled the two plots and arrested most of the participants. He was rewarded in 2004 with a promotion to chief of ISI, and the next year his agency scored big with the arrest of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the senior Qaeda lieutenant who masterminded the attempts on Musharraf's life. A former U.S. intelligence official who dealt personally with Kiyani says the ISI "took a lot of bad guys down" under his leadership. Kiyani has earned his boss's confidence, even serving as Musharraf's personal envoy in recent talks with exiled opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

    Kiyani is a chain smoker with a tendency to mumble, but he speaks to Musharraf in a way few other senior officers would dare. Western military officials say he told the president he would accept nothing less than the top job in the Army—and Musharraf dreads giving up that post, knowing it is the source of much of his authority. For months the president, who himself seized power in a bloodless military coup nearly eight years ago, has resisted public demands that he step down as Army chief. His refusal has seriously raised public hostility toward the armed forces; if Kiyani succeeds in restoring its reputation, he is likely to get the credit, not Musharraf. "The Army has ruled the country for more than half of our 60 years of independence, so psychologically people are geared to the Army chief as being the political center of gravity," says retired Lt. Gen. Talat Masood. "Musharraf's power will be reduced considerably as people gravitate more to the new Army chief than the president."

    Right now an improvement in the public's opinion of a Musharraf-less Army is the least of the president's worries. He desperately needs to restore stability to the country's jihadi-dominated areas. More than 100 pro-Islamabad tribal elders have been assassinated in the past year or so, and there are almost daily beheadings of one or two tribals accused of being government spies and collaborators. If you can't protect your friends, you lose. An old military man like Musharraf should know that.

    With Mark Hosenball in Washington

    The reclusive Gen. Kayani, who often prides himself in how very little others know about him, is about to be thrust into the limelight.

    The things that we do know about him reveal him to be a likely favorite of some very important stakeholders, namely President Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto, and the United States.

    Kayani is described by many as first and foremost a professional soldier with no political aspirations. In Musharraf’s eyes, this alone, coupled with the fact that he is fiercely loyal the president, makes him the ideal candidate for the next COAS.

    An infantryman, he got his start in the famed Baloch Regiment. Kayani also underwent training tours in the United States and still retains links within the US military.
  2. chimera

    chimera LE Moderator

    Musharref was (of course) trained in the UK.
  3. And,I didn't realise,is actually Indian by birth.
  4. And a British subject by birth, surely?
  5. cpunk

    cpunk LE Moderator

    I expect he'll be delighted by all this publicity, which will firmly contradict any suggestions that he's an American stooge.
  6. I knew it.


    Edited to welcome our new overlords, wherever they came from... :twisted:
  7. Born August 11th 1942 in New Delhi,British India.

    Perhaps if it doesn't work out for him in Pakistan,we can offer him a job with the MPGS? :D
  8. It is a huge assumption to make surely, that just because he was trained by the Americans he will naturally be a friend of theirs? :twisted:
  9. Pssst... Sorry to bother you, but contrary to what the voices in your head are telling you, you're actually British.

  10. Very true,a walt of the highest order who needs to stop playing command and conquer so much and get a divorce from his long time partner,the **** sock.Either that or a persistent and not terribly good wah!

    "sausage pie" maryx me old fruit.
  11. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    I always thought Pakistan and India were in Asia. I shall have to phone the old geography teacher and have words.

  12. Why are you masquerading around here as an American? No Americans would use the word "cunning" in that type of speech. That and most don't know what "hegemony" means without looking it up and even if they did, would not use it like you did. They would say "influence" or something to that effect.

    What's your goal here?

    If you are who you say you are, and a Marine. Then answer this: Does the main px face toward or away from the Rifle range on Camp Pendleton?
    And also, whats at the center of the forked road as you arrive on base?

    Good luck trying to google those.
  13. Glad i haven't decided to walt as a marine, I have just spent 10 days in Camp Pendleton and couldn't answer either of those! The place is bloody huge.
  14. If you were an American, that would almost certainly be "mold."

  15. mould /mo?ld/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[mohld] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
    –noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object) Chiefly British.