By Arif Qoreshi
Islamabad: The government of Pakistan has decided to appoint lt gen (retd) asif yaseen malik as the new secretary of defense, here on Thursday. Asif yaseen malik would replace present defense secretary Nargis Sethi.
According to sources, the decision has been finalized at the presidency and the notification of the appointment would be issued today (Friday).
The sources also said that although it was not confirmed that president Asif Ali Zardari’s meeting with COAS Gen Ashfaq Kayani helped in the breakthrough but the series of events hint at the meeting.
Yasin malik has served Pakistan army at different positions, including deputy dg isi.
Lt-gen asif took over as corps commander peshawar on april 10, 2010. As operational chief of pakistan army in the north western region, he directly supervised military offensives launched in tribal area including mohmand, south waziristan, bajaur and kurram agencies besides chitral, upper and lower dir.
The corps commander Peshawar lieutenant general asif yasin who belongs to Punjab regiment was retired on December 3, 2011.