Pakistan pledges victory over extremists

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- The terrorist threat to the Pakistani citizens in the tribal regions and throughout the country will be met with full force, Pakistani military officials said.

Army chief: 550 troops died in Swat fight

MINGORA, Pakistan, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The campaign to rid Pakistan's Swat Valley of Taliban militants has cost the lives of 550 soldiers, the Army chief of staff says.

Army chief seeks tribal support

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Pakistan's army chief, in an open letter to the Mehsud tribes, asked for their support in the military's current push against militants in South Waziristan.

Will the United States back Kayani or Zardari?

MANIPAL, India, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- It is small wonder that Pakistan's army chief, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, prefers to dial the number of the ever obedient (to him) prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, rather than that of the newly elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, who apparently has undergone an epiphany since assuming what is formally the highest office in his country.
M.D. NALAPAT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Pakistan army commander: U.S. keep out

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- The commander of the Pakistani army has warned the United States against sending forces from Afghanistan into Pakistan to pursue Taliban and al-Qaida fighters.

Pakistan says no to foreign incursion

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Pakistan's army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, says no outside forces are allowed to conduct military operations inside the country.
Reports on Musharraf leaving denied

Reports on Musharraf leaving denied

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 29 (UPI) -- A spokesman for President Pervez Musharraf denied news reports that the Pakistani leader planned to resign.

U.S. military chief visits Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 3 (UPI) -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Pakistan Tuesday to offer help in the fight against terrorists and domestic militants in tribal areas.

Pakistan tests nuclear-capable missile

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Pakistan Wednesday announced the test firing of a short-range, nuclear-capable Ghaznavi-Hatf III ballistic missile.

Pakistan tests nuclear-capable missile

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Pakistan Friday test-fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile reportedly able to hit targets in India, which along with Pakistan possesses nuclear weapons.

Commentary: Pakistan's Terror Inc.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Do most terrorist trails track back to Pakistan? That was the conclusion of Britain’s MI5, the internal intelligence service.
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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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