General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani


The men in Khaki played an important role in Pakistani politics & therefore keeping history in mind it would be interesting to read an article by BBC that shed some light on General Ashfaq Pervez Kiani’s life. Here it is :-

The rise of Pakistan’s ‘quiet man’

By Syed Shoaib Hasan
BBC News, Islamabad

Lt Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kiani

The rise of Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kiani through the ranks of the Pakistani military has been rapid if not extraordinary. The man nominated by Gen Musharraf to be his replacement as army chief is noted for his patience, diligence, intelligence and sheer determination.

Another contributing factor has been his ability to keep a low profile when necessary while also being able to take decisive action when it’s needed. Gen Kiani’s clan is one of the largest and most powerful in the northern Jhelum area of Pakistan’s largest province, Punjab. The harsh and arid region is famed throughout the subcontinent for only one product – soldiers. So in many ways Gen Kiani was born to the job.

Passion for golf

He initially studied at the local cadet college in Jhelum, and was subsequently accepted at the army’s military academy in the northern town of Kakul.

In August 1971 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, and joined the famed Baluch regiment.

The general is respected within the army

He joined up in time to experience the military defeat to India of the same year.

His first taste of politics came when he served as deputy military secretary to Benazir Bhutto in her first government in 1988.

Since then he has served at various levels of command.

He is a graduate of army colleges in Quetta and Islamabad, and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in the US.

Married with two children, Gen Kiani is president of the Pakistan Golf Association and an avid golfer.

He is respected in the army as a professional soldier who deliberately keeps a low profile.

Crisis management

This is in sharp contrast to the man he has been chosen to replace – Pervez Musharraf.

But maintaining a low profile has not meant that Gen Kiani has shied away from high-profile assignments.

He has a “can-do” image as a man who gets things done.

Gen Kiani has never been seen a part of President Musharraf’s inner circle. But the president has always turned to him when the going gets tough.

It was Gen Kiani who was responsible for the investigation into attempts to assassinate President Musharraf in December 2003.

As one of the army’s senior most officers, Gen Kiani could confidently expect to take the top job

In his book, In the Line of Fire, President Musharraf writes how the investigations into the attacks initially ran into problems because of inter-agency rivalries.

“But these disappeared when I appointed Kiani in charge of investigations,” the president wrote.

Observers believe that it was from this time onwards that Gen Musharraf started to rely heavily on Gen Kiani for crisis management.

But insiders say it was actually the winter of 2001-2002 that showcased Gen Kiani’s abilities.

Stand-off

At that time he was serving as Director-General Military Operations (DGMO) – the army’s operational commander.

As Pakistan’s relations with India deteriorated, militants staged a deadly attack on the Indian parliament.

Delhi blamed it on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Toiba, and mobilised its army to take action. Soon the two nuclear-armed neighbours were dug in opposite each other along their 1,500km border.

Gen Musharraf has come to rely on Lt Gen Kiani

Tempers were running high and a single aggressive movement could have sparked conflict. During this time, Maj Gen Ashfaq Kiani was in charge of all troop movements.

Insiders say it was his expert handling of the situation, and his constant contact with the Indian command that kept the eight-month stand-off from becoming an outright war.

It also brought him to the attention of Gen Musharraf. Subsequently, Gen Kiani was promoted to command the army’s elite 10 Corps based in Rawalpindi.

When the attacks on President Musharraf took place in the city, Gen Kiani was the natural choice for the job. The investigations led to a secret military tribunal convicting 11 men of planning and carrying out the attack.

‘Own man’

Soon after he was made the head of Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency. In March 2007, he was part of the infamous “tribunal” of intelligence chiefs who met Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry the day before his suspension by President Musharraf.

He was later named as the only one who sat silently through the entire episode.

Gen Kiani was also the only official at the meeting who did not submit an affidavit against the chief justice.

President Musharraf’s botched attempt to sack the judge brought a political storm which has dogged his government ever since.

During that time, Gen Kiani again emerged as a saviour, helping with attempts to broker a power-sharing deal with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

As one of the army’s most senior officers, Gen Kiani could confidently expect to take the top job. But because he was head of the controversial and shadowy ISI, some felt that he had disqualified himself from further promotion.

No ISI chief has ever been appointed commander of Pakistan’s army. The agency’s dealings have often been at odds with the policy of the government of the day.

Observers also contended that Gen Kiani was too much “his own man” for President Musharraf to place faith in him.

But Gen Kiani has patiently bided his time while the names of other potentials were bandied around.

41 Responses

  1. With every second that is passing we are finding out how much of “his own man” he is. In the present scenario he could not be where he is without kissing a LOT of behind — of both Mush and Bush. I am certain he will NOT act.

  2. hello sir i am yumna from gk we are very happy that you be come vice chief we are also gakhar you gave our cast very prestigeus place after 60 years of independence kianis get there goal we are proud of you do some thing good for kianis and make gakhars together we want to see you as army chief as soon as possible god give you helth you and your family we need you allah hafiz

  3. im curious if hes a sunni shia ismaili etc?

  4. dear General Sahib AA
    i m really thank the our Allah that you become to the cheif of Army. now this is your under so i want to give the suggustion tha please dont use the wrong way and give him all the poor people justice and equility my pray with you. if you will be in the worng way all the people will irrmystry to you please for God say: save the pakistan you fan salamat form makkah

  5. i think its a good change.but kiani should keep this thing in mind that pak army general never gain respect from politics.and according to our quaid army should make protection on borders no need to interfere internal crises.

  6. Kiani has only one controversial role and that is the dialog with Banazir. He will have natural temptation to interfere in political matters if needed but will remain loyal to Musharraf.

  7. general, you must implement a strict punishment system in forces and all civil institutions.
    install on the spot justice system and don’t care for the pressure mounted by NGO’s or other human right organizations

  8. U ARE NOW MY IDOL.
    I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE U.

  9. Respected Sir,
    We r thankfull to God that you have been given the chance to serve ths beautiful country,so let us not down,and do make a history which other Generals had made spoiled,so that you may be remembered within the pages of history with good words.

  10. REQUEST FOR RE-MEDICAL EXAMINATION FOR PAKISTAN ARMED FORCES.

    Respected sir aslam o lakum!
    It is stated that i hav cleared my ISSB in oct 2005 for Pak Army. bt i didnt came on merit than i transferred my documents to Pak Navy and was selected there and cleared my medical also. and joined Pak Navy on jan 2006. after 6 months our whole term went through med checkup and i was made medically unfit on eye basis by COMODORE WASIM in PNS SHIFA KARACHI. than i made appeal and a medical board under the president ship of Maj Gen Mushtaq Ahmad Baig was held and he ultimately made me unfit for furthur service.
    respected sir! i hav always been a motivated cadet and hav a passion to join forces. as i hav served one year in Pak Navy, i cant satiesfy my mind in civil life. i hav also made checkups frm different hospitals like AGHA KHAN HOSPITAL KARACHI and LRBT HOSPITAL LAHORE and my reports are positive and they said that my eye condition is normal. i hav alredy made appeals on this behalf bt no one is giving me response. so kindly sir put a light on my request and conduct me back in forces as i was a part of it. i shall be thankful to u.
    Arslan Ghafoor
    Ex- Naval Cadet
    P No. 7293

  11. Dear Shoaib
    Gen Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiani has studied at cadet college jhelum but he doesnt belong to jhelum, no harm in belonging to jhelum but he is pride of pothohar and belongs to Dist Rawalpindi. please get your facts right.
    Gen kiani will act in the best interest of pak army,pakistan and its poor people.
    Long live Gen kiani.

    Nisar

  12. hi am looking help to write a complaint about army officer whos working in AFNS at sialkot Pakistan, if any one can put me on right direcation?

    thanks indeed

  13. sorry i 4got to say, am in uk at the moment.

    malik asghar

  14. Dear Nisar Kiani, Gen. Kiani is From Jhelum please check back and update your knowledge. any how We all Kiani’s Feel Proud of Gen. Kiani he is now Presenting Pakistan …..

    http://www.gakhar.org

    God Bless Him …

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  16. 61th Happy Independance Day by Kiani

    14 August 2008

  17. am still waiting for your’s reply, can u please reply if u can

  18. I am very proud of you.We need leaders like you in these critical situations.You have sacrificed everything for the sake of this country.You have given a great lesson to all the leaders of this country that country comes first.Pakistan is our identity.You have shown the world that we are something.We can do what the other nations of the world can’t.Dear general,now we feel safe and secure.now we feel that there is some one who cares for us.

  19. The strong and solid reply by General Ashfaq pevaiz Kiani I just want to slute him for his words towards the American policy and their aims.
    We are with you General at any time and anywhere when our country need us you will find me ahead in this war against Americans.

    General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kiani God bless you.

  20. what are kianis bing proud of here? that they have an army chief of their caste who is fighting a war against pakistani tribal muslims in americans interests? well it seems a thing to be proud of i guess!
    also kiani being benzirs military secretary must have contacts with peoples party thats whya merica selected him as army chief as ppp is an anti islam party which is easy to use for americans and indians interests

  21. we r proud of u general sahib you have made us proud of our army again u have taught a lesson to cowards of american army inshaallah u will prove urself to be a savior of nation in future also long live kiyani pak faug ko salam pakistan zindabad pakistani tribes zindabad ALLAH is always wid our ummah,mujahids, and our brave army

  22. respected sir ,
    Iman, Taqwa, Jihad fi Sabilillah
    inshallah i will follow this motto
    my name is wahab uddin mazari .i am fond of pakistan army .i tried army but unfortunately i am not recommanded two times .now i am studyind in second year of electronic eng from sir syrd university of eng & tech. i want to join pak army as graduate cource but i found that twice rejucted is not eligible in graduate course.
    sir one my friend gave a issb and not recommended and he gave after graduation and recommended .is means that in me and me is only one small diffrence that is used issb before graduation while he used after graduation.
    please sir reviced your eligbility program and give a one chance after graduation.

    wahab uddin mazari

  23. sir
    aoa
    it is very couregeous when u given a description that we will not allowed any one to enter in pakistan borders.with this ur statement we feel that pakistan`s tribal people felt that tyey are not alone and after that they started to stand with pak army against militants.and we can only win this war against militants if we have those tribal people with us otherwise its not possible.
    sir
    plz plz plz dont trust our politicians and govt. and opposition officials when there is matter for pakistan soverinity and pakistan goodness even u have to impose marshal law.

    thanx

  24. I say that General Kiani should take notice of what American and Indians are attacking on Pakistan after every passing day so as a chief of army he should respond them so that they could not even dare to attack on Pakistan

  25. If Pakistani Army sincere and honest no one can do any thing with Pakistan but soz to say Pakistan Army interfere in civil matters, My mother put an application against Pakistan Army officer by post, by hand and even she went to local Comand officer office in Sialkot six month ago. Still she did not get any respons from Army. they put her application in trash (bin). no Justics in Pakistan dosnt matter u can go police or army thats y people hate army like police. if u or you are member of Pakistan Army u can do any thing what ever u want. ……..

  26. DEAR saad
    As i have said no harm in belonging to Jhelum ,Kianis are like a one big family no matter where you belong
    I personally know Gen Ashfaq Kiani belongs to District
    Rawalpindi Tehsil Gujar Khan.

  27. This is goodness of pakistan and pakistn army who have a General like Mr. kayani which is also proud for gakhar tribe.

  28. GENERAL ASHFAQ PERVAIZ KIANI IS THE BEST GENERAL OF PAKISTAN SO WAE PROUD AND I ALSO WANT TO GO TO PAKISTAN ARMY AND WANT TO BECOME LIKE GENERAL ASHFAQ PERVAIZ KIANI. THANK YOU

  29. GENERAL ASHFAQ PERVAIZ KIANI IS HERO OF PAKISTAN AND I HAVE PROUDE ON HIS PERFORMENCE AND I HOPE HIS PERFORMENCE ALWAYS WILL BE HELPFUL FOR OUR COUNTRY AND EVERY PAKISTANI WILL LIKE HIM I PRAY TO GOD MAY GOD GIVE HIM AND HIS FAIMLY LONG LIFE
    THANKS
    MUHAMMAD SHAKEEL
    MOB#0332-8488094

  30. being a soldier,i know how difficult is d job f pak army chief bcos pakistan is not a banana state but gen kiani is handling d issues very well.why bcos he is gakhar,who r having a rich history.we r proud f u.pl use ur influence n get atleast a road r a place r chowk in pindi as gakhar chowk/road etc bcos we ruled this area for centuries.we find ailians name like NJ principal r faqira eppi road here but not f gakhars? all gakhars to pl try for this . thx God bless u

  31. Gen.kiani is the best chief of army staff.i like it very much.

  32. hi,gen kiani iz my favourate army chiefbecause he iz a fair man and i like him

  33. HELLO
    Aaj main kuch baatana chahta hoon,Kal raat ko main Shabby Jumma peh gaya howa tha,to raat ko main soo raha tha ke aik banda raat ko almost 2:20am ke kareeb mere pas aaya aur mujhe uthaya aur kehne laga,joo baat hai woh bata doo,main ne kaha G,oss ke baad woh uth ke chala gaya mujhe oss waqt samujh nahi aaey k ess ne mujhe kyun uthaya hai mera khayal tha ke shayad nafal namaz parne ke liye uthaya hai kyun ke kuch loug raat ko nafal par rahay thay,magar kabhi aisa howa nahin ke raat ko nafal ke liye koi uthaay,kyun ke main aksar jata hoon.Lakin kuch dair baad samujh agaey,oss ke baad main sari raat soya nahi,ab aaya hoon to pehlay kaam yeh kiya hai.To baat yeh hai,

    Moro-cco : Morocco
    Mara-kish

    yehaan peh joo a : C = O
    hai aur joo O hai,ess
    mutlab yeh hai

    A = O
    yeh aisa bhi likh : C = O
    saktay hain

    A = 0 0
    Aur yeh aisa bhi likh : c = O
    sakhtay hain

    C = 0 0 : C = O

    Aur joo baki Allah ne bataya hai,woh main ne yahaan kaha tha.ab baat yeh hai ke main ab computer ko haath lagana nahi chahta,abhi waqt hai,jab time aaye ga to face to face baat hogi,yahaan peh main ziyada baat nahi kar sakta.joo basic baatein thien woh main ne bata dien hain.
    OK
    ALLAH HAFIZ.

  34. i would like to congratulate you for this historical day, sir. indeed it is an historical event, for it is not just your personal extension but another three years’ extension of the independence, sovereignty and protection of our homeland. my family and i pray, that this extension gets multiplied by 10 for the coming years (at least) so that there remains some degree of hope for our future and the future of the entire nation. may you live long and may Allah bless you with the power and sense to make right decisions; decisions, that are now necessary to be made and executed. (Amen)
    best regards,
    Mrs. lubna hashmi

  35. dear PARVEZ KIANI i want 2 say u that plz give justice 2 the family of the two young brothers rather than the justice will not more in this world plz (15 august 2010) ALLAH bless u with all the skills to prove the matter of two young brothers plz notify my request

  36. I am too much inspired by General Kiani.may Allah bring dis man courage and power to do best for Pakistan.

  37. kianis are mostly kanjers and miraasi singers
    thats why general kyaani is also an american puppet killing muslim pakhtoons to please america
    may allahs curse be upon him and his near ones

    • kashif please take ur words back its totally uncivilised to label whole ghakhar clan like this. please ask ur elders to educate u about kianis and ghakhar kianis zindabad.

  38. assalamo alikum. mera name atiya hy. main ahmadi houn. magar hum sab ap kay sath hain. allah ap hamesha salamt rakhy aur humain ap jesa sache leaders deta rahy.

  39. allah ki laant ho aap allah aap ko dunya ma zaheel ruswea ker dy aur aap zaheel amercian slave ko hell ma behtany ki jaga bhe naseeb na kare ameen

  40. aap wardi outar ker bangle phen layen aap ko america sa dar lagta ha liken allah sa kia aap ko yaad nae ha 1965 ki war jazby sa lari gae the aj pakistan ma wo jazba ha
    AAP NAE LAR SAKHTAY TOH KIA HUA HUM PAKISTANI KIA MAR GAYYE HAIN EVERY PAKISTAN LOVE OWN COUNTRY BUT U R SLAVE OF YAHODIZ ALLAH SA DAREN AAP AMERICA KO CHOR KER ALLAH K AGAY GHUKAY AGER AAP NAY APNI MUSLIM MAA KA DOUD PEEA HA TOH PAKISTAN KI NATION DUNYA MA 1ST HA AUR ARMY ALSO

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