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General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Arrives in Sri Lanka on a Three Day Goodwill Visit

January 19, 2011

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, arrives in Sri Lanka on Wednesday (19) on a three-day goodwill visit.

 

General Kayani, accompanied by Mrs Begum Zahida Kayani and a few senior officers, is scheduled to call on His Excellency, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mr D.M Jayaratne, Secretary Defence Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa, High Commissioner of Pakistan, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of Sri Lanka Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Roshan Goonetileke, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya and Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral D.W.A.S. Dissanayake during his stay in Sri Lanka.


As part of the itinerary during his stay, General Kayani is scheduled to address the undergraduates at Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) at Sapugaskanda and present special souvenirs to chief patron of the Command and Staff College (C&SC), Quetta, Pakistan and two other ex-graduates of the C&SC during a brief ceremony at the DSCSC after his address.

General Kayani’s slated one hour address to the DSCSC is expected to touch on a wide range of international and regional issues of military importance and his own experience as an Infantry officer in the famed Baloch Regiment in the Pakistan Army.

A special Guard Turn Out and a Guard of Honour, accorded by troops of the Gajaba Regiment, salutes him on General Kayani’s arrival at the Army Headquarters premises on Thursday (20) before he calls on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya at the Commander’s Secretariat.

On the sidelines of the main programme, Mrs Begum Zahida Kayani, the spouse of the visiting Pakistan Chief of Army Staff, is to be welcomed at a reception, organized by the Seva Vanitha Army Branch (SVAB) at its head office where a special memento is to be presented to her by the SVAB membership as a token of goodwill after she receives a brief on the SVAB roles.

Pakistan’s 14th Army Chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is noted for his patience, diligence, intelligence and sheer determination. He has a “can-do” image as a man who gets things done. Gen Kayani’s clan is one of the largest and most powerful in the northern Jhelum area of Pakistan’s largest province, Punjab, very much famed for producing soldiers. He is an outstanding product of Military Cadet College Jhelum, a premier feeder institution for Pakistan Army, where General Ashfaq excelled both in academics and sports.

He was promoted in October 2007 as a full General. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani took over as the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) after General Musharraf’s retirement on November 28, 2007. General Kayani is the first officer in the history of Pakistan who held the position of DG ISI and then went on to become the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

 

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