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Shahida Malik
Birth name Shahida Malik
Nickname "Lady General"
Place of birth Karachi, Sindh Province Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1969-2004
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major-General
Unit Pakistan Army Medical Corps
Commands held Combined Military Hospital
Army Medical College
CMH Rawalpindi
Deputy Commander, AMC
National Institute of Health
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Soviet war in Afghanistan
Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
2002 Indo-Pakistani standoff
Awards Hilal-e-Imtiaz

Major-General Shahida Malik (Urdu: شاهدا ملک; HI(M), SI(M), SJ), is a retired and high-ranking two-star general officer and a former deputy commander (Surgeon-General) of the Pakistan Army Medical Corps.

She is the first woman in the Pakistan Armed Forces to have reached to a two-star rank, and was also a first woman general officer in the history of Pakistan as well as in the Muslim world. Trained as an army medic and a field combat officer, her army career well served in the Indo-Pakistani wars and is also a recipient of highest military decoration as well as the most-decorated female general officer. She took an honorary retirement in 2004 and retired as the inspector-general and deputy commander of the Pakistan Army Medical Corps.

Early life[edit | edit source]

She graduated with her MBBS degree from Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore and got selected for Army Medical Corps in 1970.[1]

First woman general[edit | edit source]

She was promoted to Major General rank on 17 June 2002 on the orders of the then Chief of Army Staff, General Pervez Musharraf.[2]

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