Roadside bomb kills senior Pakistani general, two others

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A top Pakistani army general and two other military men died in a roadside bomb explosion in the violence-hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, the military said.

Supreme Court may decide Musharraf's arrest order

ISLAMABAD, April 19 (UPI) -- Pakistani police Friday took ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf to court from his farmhouse where he went the previous day after being ordered arrested.

Zardari, Kayani discuss law and order

ISLAMABAD, March 8 (UPI) -- Pakistan's army chief urged President Asif Ali Zardari to take urgent steps to tackle the country's worsening law and order situation, sources told Dawn.

Military won't act on Pakistan election

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- The Pakistani military has no intention of interfering in the country's general elections, Defense Secretary Asif Yasin Malik said.

Suspects arrested in Taliban shooting of girl

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Three suspects believed to be involved in the shooting of a 14-year-old anti-Taliban activist have been arrested, Pakistani officials said Friday.

Girl activist recovering after being shot

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who won admiration for her anti-Taliban campaign, was recovering after being shot in the head by a militant.
U.S., Pakistani military leaders to meet

U.S., Pakistani military leaders to meet

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 28 (UPI) -- Top U.S. military officials were in Pakistan to meet with their counterparts in the first high-level talks since NATO airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Ijaz testifies via video on memo scandal

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A central figure in Pakistan's so-called memogate testified a top Pakistani diplomat asked him to deliver a memo asking U.S. help to rein in the Pakistani army.

Army chief: Military avoids politics

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani assured President Asif Ali Zardari the military will not stage a coup as the two leaders met Friday.
Pakistani court issues contempt notice

Pakistani court issues contempt notice

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court, acting amid rising political tension, issued a contempt notice against the prime minister Monday for not reopening corruption cases.
Pakistani PM fires defense secretary

Pakistani PM fires defense secretary

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani accused his defense secretary of "gross misconduct" Wednesday and dismissed him.
Gilani: No plans to fire Kayani, Pasha

Gilani: No plans to fire Kayani, Pasha

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani dismissed as "absurd" reports his government planned to fire the army and intelligence chiefs.

Kayani: No plans to take over Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Pakistan's top general said the military is committed to democracy even as the prime minister said the military acts like a "state within a state."

Gilani warns of conspiracies

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Conspiracies are being hatched against the civilian government, Pakistan's prime minister said in a rare warning without directly referring to the military.

Air defense weapons deployed at border

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Pakistan, outraged over the Nov. 26 NATO airstrike in Mohmand, will set up air defense weapons on the border with Afghanistan, a source told Dawn newspaper.
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Ashfaq Parvez Kayani
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates speaks with General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan's military chief, before a plenary session of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Meeting at the State Department in Washington on October 22, 2010. UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, NI(M), HI (Urdu: اشفاق پرویز کیانی , born April 1952) is a four-star general in the Pakistan Army, and the current Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army. He replaced General Pervez Musharraf as the Chief of Army Staff and the commandant of the army on November 29, 2007. General Kayani is the former Director General of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and Director General of Military Operations (MO). On 24 July 2010, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani extended General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s term as Chief of the Army Staff by three years, making him the first Pakistani four-star general to receive a term extension from any democratic government. In 2008, Newsweek named him the 20th most powerful person in the world.

Kayani was promoted as Lieutenant General in September 2003, and was given the command of the X Corps in Rawalpindi. The promotion indicated Musharraf's significant trust in Kayani, since an army chief cannot build an army coup without the help of the X Corps commander. Kayani led the corps until October 2004, when he was transferred to the ISI as its chief.

During Kayani's tenure at the X Corps, he led the successful investigation of the two back-to-back suicide attacks against Musharraf in December 2003. It is believed that Kayani won the trust of Musharraf after the investigation, and a prelude to Kayani's promotion to the sensitive position of ISI chief. He was awarded Hilal-e-Imtiaz, the civilian medal, for his achievement.

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