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Nigar Johar becomes the first female to be promoted as a Lieutenant General by Pakistan Army

Major General Nigar Johar has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General as reported by military’s media wing on Tuesday. She is the first female officer to reach the designation of lieutenant general in Pakistan.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar tweeted that Maj General Nigar Johar is the first female officer to be promoted as a Lieutenant General. She is the first female Surgeon General of Pakistan. Lieutenant General Nigar hails from Panjpeer village, in Swabi district, the statement added.

In 2017, Nigar Johar became the third female officer in the history of Pakistan Army to hold the rank of Major General.

She belongs to a family that has served Pakistan Army in various positions. Her father – Col Qadir and uncl – Retired Maj Mohammad Aamir served in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Both her parents died in a car accident 30 years ago.

Newly promoted lieutenant general is not a doctor, but also a sharp shooter. Her early schooling is from Presentation Convent Girls High School, Rawalpindi and she graduated from Army Medical College in 1985.

She earned a Masters degree in public health from the University of Health Sciences, Lahore in 2015. She is the first woman officer who has been given the command of a unit/hospital of the armed forces.