Major General Nigar Johar has made history by becoming the first female officer of the Pakistan army to be promoted to the rank of lieutenant general owing to her spectacular performance in different leadership and administrative appointments and roles.
ISPR Director General Babar Iftikhar said that the officer has also been appointed as the first general of the Pakistan Army.
Born in Panjpir village in Swabi district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to a Pashtun family, Nigar received her early education from the Presentation Convent Girls High School, Rawalpindi in 1978 and graduated from the Army Medical College in 1985.
Major general Nigar Johar is the daughter of Col Qadir who served in Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI).
she is also the niece of Major Mohammad Aamir a former of the Pakistan Army and he is also served in Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI).
She completed her high school at the Convent Girls High School, Rawalpindi in 1978. She joined the Army Medical College in 1981 graduating in 1985.
In 2010, she completed the examination for membership of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. In 2012, she completed her diploma in Advance Medical Administration through the Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute and in 2015,
she has received a Master of Public Health degree from the same institute.
Major general Nigar Johar completed her Masters’s degree in public health from the University of Health Sciences, Lahore.
Major general Nigar Johar is also being the first women Army officer in the hospitals of the armed forces.
Female officers are also seen serving in the United Nations Missions abroad.
Currently, there are 30 Pakistani female officers serving in two such teams, and yet another team was to be deployed in Congo by June 20.
Over the years, Pakistan has contributed to the UN’s peacekeeping operations with over 200,000 troops in 46 missions across 28 countries.
At least 157 Pakistani service members have also been killed during these operations but Islamabad remains committed to helping the UN in building peace and restoring stability in turbulent regions.