Lt Gen Nigar Johar appointed Pakistan’s first female colonel commandant!
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Friday notified that Lieutenant General Nigar Johar has been appointed as Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps (AMC), the first-ever female officer to serve the post.
“Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa pinned the badges of the new rank on Lt Gen Johar’s uniform during a ceremony at AMC Centre to formally install her to the new post,” ISPR stated.
Speaking on the occasion, Gen Bajwa said that installation of the first-ever three-star female general as the colonel commandant of AMC was “a matter of immense pride for the Pakistan Army and the country”.
Gen Bajwa also lauded AMC’s contributions in ensuring high standards of healthcare in peace and war.
“AMC has always answered the call of duty during natural calamities, both inland and abroad. Our doctors and paramedical staff have been the frontline warriors against COVID-19, displaying exemplary commitment and resolve for the safety and well-being of the people of Pakistan,” he said.
Besides being the first female officer to be promoted to three-star rank, Lt Gen Johar was also the first female officer to command an army hospital, when she headed Combined Military Hospital, Jhelum, as a brigadier. At the time of her promotion, she was commanding the Military Hospital, Rawalpindi.
She has been decorated with Tamgha-i- Imtiaz (Military) and is also the recipient of Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal for meritorious services in the Army Medical Corps from the prime minister of Pakistan.
Earlier this year, she was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz.