‘Matter of immense pride’: Gen Nigar appointed Pakistan’s first female Colonel Commandant

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RAWALPINDI – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday pinned the badges of rank to formally install Lieutenant General Nigar Johar as the first ever female General to be appointed as Colonel Commandant of the Army Medical Corps.

According to Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR), COAS visited Army Medical Corps (AMC) Centre Abbottabad where he pinned the badges to Johar.

Speaking at the occasion, Gen Bajwa lauded contributions of AMC in ensuring high standards of health care during peace and war.

COAS said that AMC has always answered the call of duty during natural calamities, both inland and abroad.

“Our doctors and paramedic staff have been frontline warriors against COVID-19 and displaying exemplary commitment and resolve for safety and well being of the people of Pakistan,” he remarked.

“Installation of the first ever three star female General Officer of Pakistan Army as Colonel Commandant of AMC is indeed a matter of immense pride for Pakistan Army and the country,” COAS emphasised .

Keeping pace with rapid advancements in medical science is imperative for the doctors and paramedics to keep themselves at par with modern militaries and best global practices in health care, Pakistan Army chief concluded.

On arrival, COAS laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada & offered Fateha.

Lt Gen Nigar hails from Panjpir village, in Swabi district. In 2017, the newly promoted lieutenant general became the third woman officer in the history of the Pakistan Army to reach the rank of major general.

She is the daughter of Col Qadir, who served in the Inter-Services Intelligence and is the niece of Maj (Retd) Mohammad Aamir, a former Pakistan Army officer who served in the ISI as well. Both her parents died in a car accident 30 years ago.

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