Major General Athar Abbas is a two-star general and the current military spokesperson for the Pakistan Defence Forces who replaced Major General Waheed Arshad as the new Director General of Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) on January 14, 2008.
General Abbas was commissioned in October 1976 in the 54th PMA Long Course from the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul into the Armoured Corps. He has held various command, staff and instructional appointments that include command of an armoured regiment, armoured brigade and armoured division. He has been General Staff Officer (Operations) in various armoured formations. He is a graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta and Armed Forces Staff College, Malaysia.
Is a participant in the session of the Executive at the Center for Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii, United States of America. The training session was attended by the Armed Forces and National Defence Course in the National Defense College in Islamabad. It was on the faculty of the Command and Staff College, Quetta and National Defence College in Islamabad. He holds a Masters degree in War Studies, as well as the Strategic Studies of the Great Leader University, Islamabad. Was promoted to the rank of major general in June 2005, and led the armored division in Kharian from June 2005 to June 2007.
Other Office Appointments
Before joining Inter Services Public Relations Directorate, General Abbas was serving as Director General Quartering and Lands in Quartermaster General’s Branch, General Headquarters. After he was appointed as the DG ISPR, Major General Mohammad Farooq replaced him at his previous position
Three of General Abbas’s brothers are associated with journalism and the media, working with leading media organisations. He is married with three children.
His brothers are Mazhar Abbas (works for ARY and headed the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists for several years), Azhar Abbas (Geo Managing Director), Zaffar Abbas (Editor of Dawn).
Major General Athar Abbas Pictures