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Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad
اشفاق ندیم احمد
Commander II Corps, Multan
Assumed office
April 2015 - December 2016
Preceded by Lt Gen Abid Pervaiz
Succeeded by Lt Gen Sarfraz Sattar
Chief of General Staff

In office
29 November 2013 – 9 April 2015
Preceded by Lt Gen Rashad Mahmood
Succeeded by Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat
Director General of Military Operations

In office
April 2011 – 14 August 2013
Preceded by Major General Javed Iqbal
Succeeded by Major General Aamer Riaz
Military service
Allegiance Flag of Pakistan.svg Pakistan
Service/branch Flag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army
Years of service 1980 – 2016
Rank OF-8 PakistanArmy Lieutenant General
Unit Military AJK Regiment Green 34 Azad Kashmir Regiment
Commands Commander II Corps
Director General Military Operations
Commander, Azad Kashmir Regiment
Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade
Awards Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military)

Lieutenant-General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad (Urdu: اشفاق ندیم احمد) HI(M), is retired Pakistani army general who held command of the II Corps of the Pakistan Army.[1] He previously served as Chief of General Staff[2] and Director-General of Military Operations.[3]

Early life and educationEdit

Ahmad hails from Nila, Chakwal and was born to Ahmad Khan Qureshi, who was an engineer with Radio Pakistan.[4]

Ahmad received his formal education from the St Mary's Cambridge School in Rawalpindi. Ahmad also attended Staff College Camberley.[4][5]

Military careerEdit

As Lieutenant colonel, Ahmad was involved with the operations directorate[1] for two years.[6] After being promoted to Brigadier rank, Ahmad was appointed as the Chief of Staff of I Corps[7][8] and also served in Waziristan.[1]

He was promoted to the rank of major general in May 2009.[9] During his tenure as a major general, he led Second Battle of Swat as General Officer Commander where he was appointed in August 2009[7][8][10]

As a major general, he was installed as the Director General of Military Operations in 2011 where he served until 2013[7][11] and also made the plan for Pakistan Army's campaign Operation Zarb-e-Azb during his tenure as Director General of Military Operations.[5] He was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) in August 2011.[12]

Ahmad was promoted to the rank of lieutenant general in August 2013[7][11] and was appointed as the Vice Chief of General Staff shortly after.[13]

Ahmad belongs to 34 Azad Kashmir Regiment[4][4] where he was installed as Colonel Commandant in April 2014.[14]

Ahmad was posted as II Corps Commander in Multan in April 2015.[15] He also leads the mechanised corps.[16][17]

He was part of JCB-1 (Junior Cadet Battalion, PMA)[4] and then 62-Long Course of Pakistan Military Academy.[4][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Who will be the next army chief?". DAWN.COM. 14 August 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  2. "Five Chiefs of General Staff served as head of Pakistan Army in 64 years". The News. November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  3. "Who could be next Army Chief?". 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 "Gen Ishfaq Nadeem new Chief of General Staff". The News. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Sultania, Devyani (22 November 2016). "Meet General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed - rumoured to be Pak's new Army Chief" (in en). International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  6. "جنرل اشفاق نئے چیف آف جنرل اسٹاف نامزد". Dawn News Television. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named dawn.2F30nov2013
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Goodbye Gen Raheel, who’s next?". The News. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  9. "25 brigadiers promoted to rank of major general". DAWN.COM. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  10. "Swat GOC Gen Ijaz replaced". DAWN.COM. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Major General Amir Riaz appointed new DGMO". DAWN.COM. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  12. "No PR182/2011-ISPR". ISPR. 14 August 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  13. "Gen Ahmad named new CGS". DAWN.COM. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  14. "Lieutenant General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad has been appointed new Chief of General Staff .". The News. 23 April 2014. Archived from the original on 23 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  15. "Army’s key posts change hands". DAWN.COM. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  16. "Who will be the new army chief?". Pakistan Today. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  17. "Who will be the next Army Chief?". Samaa TV. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 

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