Kayani authorizes Pakistani retaliation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Pakistan's army chief has authorized officers at check-posts near the Afghan border to retaliate for any future NATO incursions, the military said.

Former envoy faces investigation

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A court has ordered the former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, accused in the so-called memogate controversy, not to travel outside Pakistan.

NATO kills 26 Pakistan border soldiers

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Pakistan said its was closing down U.S. drone operations at an air base in the country after a bungled mission left 26 Pakistani soldiers dead and 15 wounded.

Pakistan, China complete military exercise

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A just-completed two-week joint military exercise between Pakistan and China is not intended to pressure other countries, Pakistan's top military official said.
Commentary: Whither or wither Pakistan?

Commentary: Whither or wither Pakistan?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The Pakistan imbroglio that baffled the retiring U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a blend of overheated rhetoric, unhinged hyperbole and multidimensional chess.

U.S. wiggles around Haqqani issue

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Washington is committed to working constructively with the Pakistanis to tackle the threat posed by the Haqqani network, a U.S. official said.

Pakistani hits back for Haqqani claims

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- The blame game in public statements from U.S. officials regarding the Haqqani network isn't constructive diplomacy, Islamabad said.

Panetta, Mullen urge pressure on Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The United States must put maximum pressure on Pakistan to keep insurgents from crossing into Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

Pakistani military chief under pressure

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 16 (UPI) -- Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is seen as Pakistan's most powerful man, but sources tell The New York Times the Osama bin Laden killing has undermined that status.

Pakistan investigates bin Laden killing

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 7 (UPI) -- Pakistani officials have launched an investigation into security and intelligence failures following the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Petraeus, Pakistani military leader meet

Petraeus, Pakistani military leader meet

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus met with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan's chief of army staff, Monday to discuss border security issues, officials said.
U.S. pressures Pakistan on militants

U.S. pressures Pakistan on militants

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 8 (UPI) -- The Obama administration has warned Pakistan it must strike Islamic militants after the failed Times Square car bombing, U.S. and Pakistani sources say.
Pakistan briefed on Afghan offensive

Pakistan briefed on Afghan offensive

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Pakistani military officials briefed U.S. commanders on the progress of security efforts in the tribal provinces ahead of a massive offensive in Afghanistan.

Army chief: Stable Afghanistan needed

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani says his country wants a stable Afghanistan without "Talibanization."

Pakistan army chief discusses Afghanistan

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan does not want to control Afghanistan but wants "a strategic depth" through peaceful and friendly relations, the Pakistani Army Chief said.
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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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