27th June 2018 16:15:57 Hours
Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne, Chief of Defence Staff, together with Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army welcomed Pakistan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, NI (M) who arrived in Sri Lanka on a four-day official visit on Wednesday (27).
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, the 17 CJCSC of Pakistan who is here on an invitation extended by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Admiral Ravindra C. Wijegunaratne is scheduled to call on H.E the President, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Chief of Defence Staff, tri-service Commanders and a few more military leaders.
He is expected to discuss matters on enhancing defence cooperation especially in the areas of training and military exercises.
Meanwhile, General Zubair is also expected to pay a visit to the National War Heroes’ memorial at Sri Jayawardenepura. He is also scheduled to deliver a guest lecture at the Defence Services Command and Staff College (DSCSC) at Sapugaskanda. In addition, General Zubair will officially hand over six stallions as gifts from Pakistan to the Sri Lanka Air Force.
Hailing from a military family General Zubair Mahmood Hayat had joined the Pakistan Army in 1976. Since then he has held various Command and Staff appointments. He is a graduate from the Fort Sill Oklahoma USA, Command and Staff College Camberely, UK and the National Defence University Islamabad. He is also a recipient of the Humanities Gold Medal, Master Gunner and Master War Fighter awards.
General Hayat was promoted to the present rank on 27 November, 2016. General Hayat, the 17 CJCSC of Pakistan is also the senior most four star military Officer of the Islamic republic.
Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, High Commissioner for Pakistan in Sri Lanka was also present at the occasion.