Ghulam Muhammad Malik

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Ghulam Muhammad Malik
Nickname(s) General G. M. malik
Born Shahpur
Allegiance Pakistan Pakistan
Service/branch Pakistan Army
Years of service 1958–1995
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit X Corps
Commands held 12th Infantry Division
Pakistan Military Academy
X Corps
DG Military Intelligence (DGMI)
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistan War of 1965
Indo-Pakistan War of 1971
Other work Run a Charity NGO in Uk

Ghulam Muhammad Malik (also called G.M. Malik) is former commander of the X Corps, Rawalpindi of the Pakistan Army. X Corps was responsible to defend the entire Line of Control between Pakistan-administered Kashmir and the Indian-administered Kashmir. He retired from the army in 1995, and has since headed a charity to provide primary health care facilities to the poor and needy of Pakistan.

Early life[edit]

Malik belongs to the Awan tribe. He is from Shahpur which is a prime recruiting area for Pakistan's army.

Army[edit]

He had a distinguished military career. As a cadet in PMA, he was selected to be sent to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he was declared the best cadet and won the "Queen's Gold Medal".

Malik is a graduate of PAF Public School Sargodha where he was from 1st Entry (1953–1957).

He joined Pakistan Army in the late 1950s, and became a Lieutenant General. He served as commandant of the Pakistan Military Academy from 1987-1989. He commanded the elite Special Service Group. In the 1990s, he was given command of the X Corps.

Islam[edit]

Malik was known for his "orthodox religious piety" and was a supporter of the controversial religious order Tablighi Jamaat, a 'non-political' Islamic party which "essentially enjoins goodness in society". He was known to "inspire and inculcate religious zeal amongst his junior officers and Jawans".

Rumours spread that Malik was an associate of Sufi Iqbal of the Tablighi Jamaat, who was known to inspire Jihadi zeal, despite its non-political stand. However, no connection between Sufi Iqbal and was established.

During his tenure Hafiz Saeed, chief of the Islamist terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief was invited to Headquarters X Corps to address officers on "character building". Saeed's controversial utterances and that of the other speaker, Major General Zaheerul Islam Abbasi, compelled many officers to protest loudly. After this incident, the then COAS Gen. Kakar ordered Malik to stop such sessions. Abbasi was later implicated in a coup attempt. After the investigations, 36 Army officers headed by Abbasi and 20 civilians were arrested and tried.[1]

Retirement[edit]

Malik retired in October 1995 and was succeeded by then DG Military Intelligence (DGMI) Maj Gen Ali Kuli Khan Khattak.

Charitable activities / Al-Mustafa Trust[edit]

After his retirement Malik established Al-Mustafa Trust in January 1999, which provides primary health care services to the poor, operating 11 medical centres across Pakistan, mainly in rural areas. He serves as the chairman. It is based in Rawalpindi with a branch office in London (not to be confused with a similarly named organisation which is headquartered in Hounslow, UK).

The Trust currently owns and operates hospitals and medical centers in Rawalpindi and Karachi. In addition, it has rural health centers in Danda Shah Bilawal, Kamal Pur Musa, Chawali and Kanyat Khalil. The medical centers provide facilities for G.P. Clinics, surgery, cardiac care, pulmonology, ophthalmology, dentistry, gynaecology/ obstetrics and psycho/speech therapy. The main center has pathology laboratory, x-ray room, ECG and ultra sound facilities, and a well-equipped operation theater. Al Mustafa Trust Medical Centre Chaklala Scheme III has also been declared as T.B. Centre by the Ministry of Health.

The Trust is also registered officially in the UK as a charitable body and is governed by the laws of UK Charity Commission.

After 19 years of service as chairman of Al Mustafa Trust, Gen Malik handed over his responsibility to Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Mustafa Khan on 5 September 2015. Gen Malik was unanimously elected as the first patron of the trust.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Praveen Swami. "A Circle of Hate" Frontline by The Hindu, October 11–24, 2003