Profile of Gen Ehsan Ul Haq, former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee

Saturday, July 18, 2009

GENERAL Ehsan Ul Haq (picture), Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Military), retired as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Pakistan Armed Forces on October 8, 2007, an assignment he assumed three years earlier, on his promotion to the rank of four-star general.

He will be present in BRIDEX 2009 Conference as the keynote address speaker.

In addition to his responsibilities in the Pakistan Armed Forces, he was a member of the National Command Authority, (the Apex decision making body responsible for formulating policies and controlling all aspects of Pakistan's nuclear and missile programme) as well as the Deputy Chairman of the Development Control Committee, with the responsibility of overseeing the development of the strategic weapon's programme.

Ul Haq was also a member of the National Security Council, the highest politico-administrative forum in Pakistan (which was headed by the President and included the Prime Minister, Chairman Senate, Speaker of the National Assembly, Chief Ministers of the provinces and the Chiefs of Staff of the armed forces).

Earlier, on his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant General in May 2001, Ul Haq was given command of the elite 11th Corps in Peshawar, responsible for the defence of the Pakistan — Afghanistan border as well as internal security in the North West Frontier Province and Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

On the 11th of September 2001, Ul Haq was in this critical assignment at Peshawar.

In October 8, 2001, as the bombing of Afghanistan commenced, Ul Haq was asked to take over as the Director General Inter Services Intelligence (DG ISI).

In his three year tenure as the DG ISI, Ul Haq restructured Pakistan's intelligence services and led them in their new role in the war against international terrorism.

During this period the ISI successfully undertook operations to evict Al Qaeda from Pakistan's urban centers while containing their operations in the tribal areas along the Pakistan Afghanistan border.

As the DG ISI and earlier as the Director General Military Intelligence, Ul Haq was also responsible for the security of Pakistan's Strategic Programmes and Counter proliferation efforts and played an instrumental role in the evolution of strategies and implementation of wide ranging reforms that were credited with the turnaround of Pakistan's politico-security environment.

Ul Haq has a vast experience of command, staff and instructional assignments in the armed forces of Pakistan.

Born on September 22, 1949, he joined Pakistan Military Academy as a cadet in 1968 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in an Air Defence Regiment of the Pakistan Army.

On promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in September 1986, Ul Haq had the honour of commanding the Regiment in which he was commissioned. He has also served on deputation with the Saudi armed forces from 1980 to 1983.

In June 1992, he was promoted Brigadier and commanded an Air Defence Brigade and an Infantry Brigade with the strike formations of Pakistan Army. He was elevated to the rank of a Major General in 1996 and was appointed Commander of an Air Defence Division. He also commanded an Infantry division in the most challenging desert of Pakistan. His major instructional and staff appointments include serving as an instructor on the faculty of the Army Air Defence School.

Ul Haq has the distinction of being the first Air Defence officer of Pakistan Army to have attained the rank of a four-star general. He is also the honorary Colonel-in-Chief of Army Air Defence of Pakistan Army.

Ul Haq is an alumnus of the PAF Public School Sargodha, and is the President of its Old Boys Association.

He is a graduate of the Command and Staff College Quetta and attended the Armed Forces War Course at the National Defence College (now university), Islamabad.

He holds a Masters degree in War Studies from the Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.

He is a graduate of the Army Logistic Management College Fort Lee, Virginia USA, where he attended the Logistics Executive Development Course 1989. He also attended Air Defence Command Course at the People Liberation Army Air Defence Command College Zheng Zhou City, China, in 1975.

He also attended training courses in Saudi Arabia and was an exchange instructor at the Iranian Artillery and Missile Centre Isphahan, Iran, in 1977.

In recognition of his meritorious services, Ul Haq has been awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Nishan-i-Imtiaz (Military) by the government of Pakistan. He is also a recipient of the King Abdul Aziz Medal from the Government of Saudi Arabia as well as the Chevalier de la Legion d' Honneur from the French Government. Jane's