Newly Appointed Chief of Army Staff General Asim Munir made his first major reshuffle, with a surprise pick from the corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME) to lead the army’s media wing.
Multiple sources in the military said that Maj-Gen Ahmed Sharif has been appointed Inter-Services Public Relations director general, replacing Lt Gen Babar Iftikhar. But Inter-Services Public Relations has not officially confirmed Gen Sharif’s appointment.
Gen Ahmed Sharif was previously heading the Defense Science and Technology Organisation (DESTO) — a secretive organization engaged in scientific and technical research and the development of weapons systems in the disciplines of aerodynamics, propulsion, propellants, and avionics. He has reportedly also served in the Military Operations directorate.
The appointment of an engineer as ISPR chief is not unprecedented, although Maj Gen Sharif will be the first officer from the EME Corps to take up the mantle. The appointment of the new ISPR DG is being viewed with great interest as many took it as a signal that the new army chief could bring major changes in the functioning of the military’s media wing.