Nigar Johar
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On Tuesday, DG Inter-Services Public Relations official twitter account announced that Major General Nigar Johar had achieved another milestone in her career after being appointed as Pakistan’s first female officer as a lieutenant general.

Major General Nigar Johar, HI (M) promoted as Lieutenant General. She is the 1st female officer to be promoted as Lieutenant General. The officer has been appointed as 1st female Surgeon General of the Pak Army. Lieutenant General Nigar Johar hails from Panjpeer, District Swabi KPK.


In 2017, Nigar Johar became the third woman officer in the Pakistan Army to reach the rank of a major general.

In response to the tweet, the lieutenant general officer replied, “I will do my best to Serve my Beloved Country.”

Senator Sherry Rehman also congratulated the officer on her latest achievement; She says, “Great to see Major General as the first woman to be promoted to Lieutenant General in the military. Her home town in Swabi KP must be very proud.”

Swabi, which is the first lady officer’s hometown, has given Pakistan Army a significant number of male generals, but for the very first time, a woman has reached this rank from the district.

PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal also congratulated the lieutenant general, says, “Congratulations to first female three-star (Lt Gen) in Pakistan, Lieutenant General appointed first female Surgeon General of Pakistan Army. Indeed a leapfrog for Pakistani women, who are contributing in all areas of national development & security.”

Sehebaz Sharif congratulated the first lady officer on this auspicious occasion, “Promotion of Major General to the rank of Lt. General, the first lady officer to reach this position in the history of Pakistan, is a powerful message to our girls & women to aspire for the impossible in life. Congratulations to the newly appointed officer!”

The first lady officer comes from an Army family. Her father, Colonel Qadir, and Major (R) Mohammad Aamir served in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Colonel Qadir and her wife passed away in a road accident 30 years ago.

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