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Thursday, May 23, 2024

CJCSC Gen. Zubair Mehmood: A committed soldier bids farewell to Pakistan Army

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Zubair Mehmood Hayat is set to retire on November 27 (tomorrow). He held several key positions during his service and always shown unwavering commitment to his professionalism.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Zubair Mehmood Hayat is to retire on November 27, 2019. He has held farewell meetings with President Dr. Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan. Gen. Mehmood is known for his professionalism and uprightness, both the President and the premier noted it.


General Mahmood paid a farewell call on President Dr. Arif Alvi in Islamabad on Friday. The president lauded the services rendered by the outgoing Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee for the defence of the country. He said that General Zubair Mahmood Hayat is a true professional soldier and has been instrumental in increasing the efficiency and professionalism of the armed forces. The president also wished him good health, success, and happiness in his future life.

CJCSC Mehmood on Monday also paid farewell call on Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Prime Minister appreciated his long meritorious service for the country. Prime Minister Imran Khan wished the outgoing CJCSC well for his post-retirement life.


Who is Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat?

General Zubair Mahmood Hayat Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) was commissioned in Artillery Regiment on 24 October 1980. He is a graduate of Fort Sill Oklahoma, USA, Command and Staff College Camberley, United Kingdom and National Defence University, Islamabad. He has wide experience of command, staff and instructional appointments. Gen. Mahmood has commanded an artillery regiment, mechanized division artillery, an Infantry Brigade, and an Infantry Division.

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He has been Adjutant at PMA, Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Army and Air adviser at Pakistan embassy in UK. He has also been Chief of Staff of a Strike Corps, Private Secretary to COAS and Director General Staff Studies Directorate at GHQ. Moreover, Gen. Mahmood has also held the appointment of Director General Strategic Plan Division (SPD). He has also commanded 31 Corps Bahawalpur.

Important Assignments

In 2000–2001, Lieutenant-Colonel Hyatt commanded the infantry regiment during the times of military tension between India and Pakistan.

In 2002–04, Colonel Hayat was posted by the Ministry of Defence on a diplomatic assignment, serving as a military and air attaché at the High Commission of Pakistan in London, United Kingdom. In 2004–07, Col. Hayat was later posted as a defense attaché at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, D.C., United States.

In 2007, Col. Hayat was promoted to one-star army general, and moved to the Army GHQ after being recalled to Pakistan. Subsequently, Brigadier Hayat was appointed as Chief of Staff to the Chief of Army Staff’s office, where he served until 2010. In 2010-12, Brig. Hayat was promoted to the two-star rank; Major-General Hayat was appointed as a GOC of the 15th Infantry Division, stationed in Sialkot Cantt.

In 2013, Lieutenant-General Hayat was elevated as a field commander of the XXXI Corps, stationed in Bahawalpur but this appointment remained short-lived. In December 2013, he was appointed as Director-General of the Strategic Plans Division Force (SPD Force), which is responsible for providing protection to the country’s nuclear arsenals.

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In 2015, Lt-Gen. Hayat was again posted at the Army GHQ and appointed as the Chief of General Staff under army chief General Raheel Sharif.

In 2016, Gen. Mahmood was posted as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. He assumed office on 28 November 2016 and will retire on 27 November 2019.