- After Nov 27, Lt Gen Abbas will become No 2 two on seniority list.
- Younger brother of Lt Gen Abbas Dr Mazhar Ilahi confirms that the officer has sought early retirement.
- He is currently serving as chief of general staff.
LONDON: Pakistan Army’s Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas has decided to bid farewell, seeking early retirement, his brother confirmed to Geo News.
London-based Barrister Dr Mazhar Ilahi, younger brother of General Azhar Abbas, confirmed the news.
“I confirm that Lt Gen Azhar Abbas has sought earlier retirement to maintain his grace, honour and dignity as a decorated officer of Pakistan Army,” he said.
“Known for his professionalism, farsightedness and leadership, Lt Gen Azhar Abbas has decided to bid farewell, seeking early retirement — true to his personality,” a trusted family source said.
After November 27, he will become number two on the seniority list.
He was commissioned in 1987 by Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in the 41 Baloch regiment. He has enjoyed a reputation as a thorough gentleman and an officer of high integrity.
During his decorated career, Lt Gen Abbas served as the personal secretary to the chief of former army chief General Raheel Sharif. He commanded 12 Division Murree and as Commandant of Infantry School Quetta. Before becoming the CGS, he was Commander of the 10 Corps.
The source said: “The institution and this nation would miss him. He served and commanded troops from Line of Control (LoC) to Waziristan, from Balochistan to Northern areas in his career spanned over 40 years.”
The development comes after the federal government appointed General Asim Munir as the next chief of army staff and Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee (CJCSC).