His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received Zubaida Jalal Khan, Pakistani Minister of Defense Production, currently visiting the country.
During the meeting, which took place at Qasr Al Shati’, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed and the Pakistani minister explored the prospects of accelerating defense cooperation between the two countries in line with their leadership's determination to cement bilateral ties, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
The meeting occasioned an exchange of views over a series of regional and international issues of common interest.
Attending the meeting were Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs, and Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Court of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince along with the Pakistani minister's accompanying delegation.
Meanwhile, in a major reshuffle, the Pakistan Army on Monday announced the appointment of Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the new Chief of Joint Staff and also the promotion of two Major Generals to the post of Lt General.
Ali Amir Awan and Muhammad Saeed, both currently serving as Major Generals, were elevated to the ranks of Lieutenant Generals, the Pakistan Army said in a statement.
“Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza was appointed Chief of Joint Staff. Awan has been appointed as Inspector General Communications & Information Technology (IG C&IT) and Saeed was appointed as president of National Defense University, Islamabad,” the statement said.
Among other appointments, Lt General Muhammad Amir was appointed as the Adjutant General.
“Lt General Nadeem Zaki Manj has been appointed the Director General of Strategic Plans Division Force, Lt General Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood has been appointed the Commander of Mangla Corps and Lt General Nauman Mahmood has been appointed the Commander of Peshawar Corps,” the statement said.
The promotions and postings came ahead of the retirement of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, this week.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on November 21 appointed Lt Gen Nadeem Raza as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee with effect from November 27.
Khan also had extended the tenure of Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, for three years, who was set to retire this week. After extension, Bajwa would retire in November 2022.