Waheed Arshad

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Waheed Arshad
Birth name Waheed Arshad
Born West-Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1975 - 2013
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant-General
Unit Army Armoured Corps
Commands held Chief of General Staff (CGS)
IG Training and Evaluation (IGT&E)
Vice Chief of General Staff (VCGS)
DG Planning at COAS Secretariat
DG Inter Services Public Relations
26th Mechanized Division, Bahawalpur
Battles/wars Indo-Pakistani War of 1999
War in North West-Pakistan
Awards Tamgha-e-Basalat
Hilal-i-Imtiaz (military)

Waheed Arshad, HI(M), TBt, afwc, fsc(t), psc, is a retired three-star general in the Pakistan Army who served as the Chief of General Staff (CGS) at the General Headquarters from 2010 to 2013.[1] His previous appointments at the GHQ include; IG Training and Evaluation (IGT&E), Vice Chief of General Staff (VCGS) and DG Planning at COAS Secretariat. Arshad also served as the chief Army spokesman heading the Inter Services Public Relations from 2007 to 2008.

Army career[edit]

Waheed Arshad was commissioned in the Armoured Corps of Pakistan Army in October 1975 in the 52nd PMA Long Course. He is a graduate of Command and Staff College Quetta; Turkish War College, Istanbul, Turkey; and National Defence College, Islamabad. He holds master's degrees in War and Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and diploma in Turkish Language from National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad.

Command, staff and instructional appointments[edit]

During his career, he served as Brigade Major of an Independent Armored Brigade Group and remained on the faculty of Pakistan Military Academy Kakul, School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta and National Defence College, Islamabad.

He commanded 16 Horse, an Armored Regiment and both an Armored and Infantry Brigades. He has also served as General Staff Officer Grade-1 and Director Military Operations at Military Operations Directorate.

Senior appointments[edit]

Waheed Arshad was promoted as major-general on 7 January 2005.[2] He was then sent as GOC 26th Mechanized Division in Bahawalpur where he served till April 2007. He then proceeded to relieve Maj-Gen Shaukat Sultan as DG Inter Services Public Relations.[3]

In January 2008, Arshad was appointed as the DG Planning at COAS Secretariat, heading the army's think-tank. This post was established by the former Army Chief General Jehangir Karamat. Maj-Gen Khalid Kidwai (who retired as Lt-Gen and chief of Strategic Planning Division) and Maj-Gen Ahsan Saleem Hyat (who retired as general in the capacity of VCOAS) held the appointments of DG Planning in the past.[4] In October 2008, Waheed Arshad was appointed as the Vice Chief of General Staff (VCGS) of the Army replacing Lt Gen Muhammad Yousaf who took over the XXXI Corps at Bahawalpur.[5]

Arshad was promoted as lieutenant-general in April 2010 and took over as IG Training and Evaluation (IGT&E).[6] Barely six months later in October 2010 he took over as Chief of General Staff (CGS), the most coveted posting in Pakistan Army. He replaced the recently promoted General Khalid Shameem Wynne who was appointed as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.[1] He was succeeded as CGS by Lt General Rashad Mahmood, who later became the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Personal life[edit]

Waheed Arshad is married and has three children.


  1. ^ a b "Lt-Gen Waheed Arshad new CGS" Dawn, 1 October 2010
  2. ^ "Twenty-six brigadiers promoted " Dawn, 8 January 2005
  3. ^ "New ISPR chief takes charge today" Dawn, 1 March 2007
  4. ^ Shakil Shaikh. "Maj-Gen Athar is new DG ISPR" The News, 14 January 2008
  5. ^ Shakil Shaikh. "Lt Gen Pasha to head ISI" The News, 30 September 2008
  6. ^ "Wyne made chief of general staff" Dawn, 18 April 2010
Military offices
Preceded by
Shaukat Sultan
Director General of the ISPR
2007 – 2008
Succeeded by
Athar Abbas
Preceded by
Khalid Shameem Wynne
Chief of General Staff
2010 – 2013
Succeeded by
Rashad Mahmood