Hamid Javaid

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Hamid Javaid
Born October 1947 (age 70)
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1965 – 2004
Rank Lieutenant General
Unit Armoured Corps (15 Lancers)
Commands held XXXI Corps Reserve, Bahawalpur
DG Heavy Industries Taxila
Chief of Staff to the President of Pakistan
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
Indo-Pakistani War of 1971
Awards Hilal-i-Imtiaz
Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military)
Other work President Al-Shifa Trust

Hamid Javaid (Urdu: حامد جاوید ‎), HI, HI(M), AFWC, PSC, (born October 1947) is a former Pakistani military leader. He was a Pakistan Army general who served as Chief of Staff (COS) to President Pervez Musharraf for six years from September 2001 to December 2007. Javaid is the son of Late Mohammad Ashraf (prominent leader of Allama Mashriqi's Khaksar Tehrik).

He played a major role in ensuring that governance was transparent at the highest level. He played a key role in ensuring harmonious relations between the civil and the military bureaucracies. He started the Al-Zarrar and Al-Khalid main battle tank projects while working as the director-general of Heavy Industries Taxila.[1]

In February 2011 he became president of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital in Rawalpindi.[2]

Military career[edit]

Before joining the army, he attended Cadet College Hasan Abdal. He was commissioned in the Armoured Corps of the Pakistan Army on 31 October 1965. He received basic training from the School of Armour at Nowshera, followed by training in the US Army Armor School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta and National Defence College, Rawalpindi.

Javaid served as the military attache to the United States from 1986 to 1990. He later commanded the XXXI Corps Reserve at Bahawalpur for two years after which he headed Heavy Industries Taxila.

During his four years stint as Chairman Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) he successfully completed the R&D on Al-Khalid and delivered to the Pakistan Army the first batch of its indigenously manufactured world class Main Battle Tank. Lt Gen (R) Hamid Javaid also successfully conceived and produced Tank Al-Zarrar and several other armored and security vehicles.

Chief of Staff[edit]

In 2001, he became Chief of Staff (COS).[1] He advised Musharraf on reconciliation with leading political parties so that a smooth transition could be ensured at the time of 2008 elections. He played an important role in negotiating the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan and a working arrangement with Benazir Bhutto. He maintained a low profile, refusing to take an official residence or even a security guard and traveled in a private car.

Javaid is thought to have been against the emergency imposed in the country on 3 November 2007, which is considered the main reason for his resignation. He served president Musharraf till 1 November 2007.

Presidential view[edit]

President Musharraf, in his speech at Javaid's retirement, said that "whether it was the situation after the 9/11 attacks, the confrontation and rapprochement with regard to confidence building measures (CBMs) with India, the law and order problem, the domestic political situation, the passage of 17th Amendment, or the encouragement of foreign direct investment (FDI), Lt-Gen Hamid Javaid made vital contribution in tackling these issues very intelligently and prudently for the benefit of the country and nation.... Had he not been there, the project of Al-Khalid tank could not be achieved."

The president hailed him as an honest, upright, dedicated, hard-working and a balanced officer and man, with clarity of approach and thinking.[1]

Al-Shifa Trust[edit]

After retirement as chief of staff, Hamid Javaid was made the chairman of the Pakistan Arab Refinery (PARCO) in February 2008. He resigned from that post in August 2008. He later became the second President Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital in 2011 and is serving there since then. The trust runs four eye hospitals in Rawalpindi, Sukkur, Kohat and Muzaffarabad.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shakil Shaikh. "President’s Chief of Staff being relieved" The News, 9 December 2007
  2. ^ a b "Current President of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital" Al-Shifa, retrieved 18 October 2011

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