Lt General Haroon Aslam Steps Down


Rawalpindi: Dejected for being overlooked for the post of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Haroon Aslam on Thursday tendered his resignation. The resignation letter has been sent to the Defense Ministry from General Headquarters (GHQ).

General Aslam had been serving as the Chief of Logistics Staff at the GHQ and was on top on the seniority list after COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who will step down from his post of on Friday after six years at helm.

General Aslam’s resignation came less than a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Lt General Raheel Sharif, who was third on the seniority list, as Army Chief and Lt General Rashad Mehmood, the second most-senior officer after Haroon Aslam, as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).

He silently protested over his disregard by not attending Prime Minister’s dinner on Wednesday night and resignation means that he also won’t attend the change of command ceremony, scheduled to be held at GHQ tomorrow.

General Aslam participated in the military operations against militants in Swat Valley in 2009 and served as chief of the paramilitary Rangers in Punjab.