Gilani removes Lodhi from Defence Secretary post

Nargis Sethi given additi­onal charge of Defenc­e Secret­ary.


Express January 11, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi was removed from the post of Defence Secretary by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday, a move that is likely to create further friction between the government and the military. 

"Prime minister has terminated the contract of defence secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi for gross misconduct," a senior government official told AFP.

Nargis Sethi has been given the additional charge of Defence Secretary.

The move comes amid high tension over an unsigned memo that sought US help in reining in Pakistan's generals.

Lodhi had earlier, in his reply to the Supreme Court in the Memogate case, had said that the government did not have ‘operational control’ over the army and its intelligence arm, the Inter-Services Intelligence.

Participants at a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) core committee meeting had demanded that the government take ‘appropriate action’ against Defence Secretary Naeem Khalid Lodhi, for his ‘controversial statement’ in the court.

Analyst Ikram Sehgal said that, "Firing Lodhi may be a first step by the government in removing the Chief of Army Staff and the DG ISI... the Army will be forced to react."

Brigadier Sarfaraz appointed 111 Brigade Commander

Brigadier Sarfaraz Ali has been appointed the new 111 Brigade Commander, Express News has reported.

The brigade is posted in Rawalpindi and is part of the X Corps. It has been known to be a part of military takeovers in the country.

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COMMENTS (66)

Jamal | 9 years ago | Reply

@farhan - Educated Pakistanis should support the educated entity and right now, at the present time, they are the Pak Generals that have protected the nation for all these years and cleaned up the mess that civillian govt has been leaving behind. That is the ground reality! Presently, the public supports the Pak Fauj or early elections!!

Ishrat Salim | 9 years ago | Reply Reply to Aftab Kenneth Wilson...yes ! agreed....but when PM says one has to adhere to rule of business....he cannot sack a person without showcause notice after enquiry....that is the rule under act of 1962...for details pls read todays " the news " where ex Defense secretary is contemplating to go to court...& he has every right to do so. Could`nt agree more with Bishop Dr Ijaz Inayat.....your r 100 % correct.Making mistakes during its tenure is acceptable for being human...but corruption at the present level & that too with mismanagement & non-goverance is not acceptable.
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