Last year, General Nigar Johar made headlines around the country when it was announced that she became the third woman in Pakistan’s history to hold the rank of a major general in the Pakistan Army. Today, she has become a role model of empowerment for women yet again after being appointed as the first female Surgeon General of the Pakistan Army.
The news was announced by the official social media pages of ISPR in which they wrote:
Major General Nigar Johar, HI (M) promoted as Lieutenant General.
She is the 1st female officer to be promoted as Lieutenant General. The officer has been appointed as 1st female Surgeon General of Pak Army. Lieutenant General Nigar Johar hails from Panjpeer, District Swabi KPK.
She also shared the news and wrote:
Alhamdulillah.I will do my best to Serve my Beloved Country.
I will do my best to Serve my Beloved Country. https://t.co/Iw3vRIB9MD
— Lt.-Gen Nigar Johar (@NigarJoharKhan) June 30, 2020
Background Of General Nigar Johar Khan
Lieutenant General Nigar Johar hails from Panjpit, Swabi district and has been serving in the Pakistan Army as Commandant Military Hospital Rawalpindi.
She has done her matriculation from Presentation Convent Girls High School in Rawalpindi and then graduated from Army Medical College. She received her Master’s degree in Advanced Medical Administration from Armed Forces Postgraduate Medical Institute (AFPGMI).
With her outstanding educational background, we are convinced that she will fulfill her duties and responsibilities exceptionally.
Her Strategy Towards Her Responsibilities
Last year, when she was promoted as Major General and said that each new rank came as a challenge to her. While talking to Hilal Magazine, she shared:
Allah has been very kind to me all my life and especially through this journey. My work has always given me happiness. The drive to assist people in any way I possibly could has always thrived in me. My passion to help others remained my motivation.
She also added:
As I grew through age and ranks, each new rank was a challenge and was of utmost importance to me. I am grateful to Allah and then to Pakistan Army for granting me all this success. Army works on merit and I am a testimony to the fact that you need only hard work to excel in the Army.
When she was asked about the gender inequality in the Pakistan Army, she shared:
“Gender discrimination is a social problem not only in Pakistan but also globally. Although the Army, as an institution, is open to the idea of women working shoulder to shoulder with men, as is evident by the considerable number of women serving not just in the Medical Corps but in other departments as well, one does come across minor issues at times.
As soon as the news was shared, a number of netizens appreciated her dedication and efforts for the betterment of the country.
Have a look at what people have to say!
Major General Nigar Johar promoted as Lieutenant General, the first female officer to be promoted as Lt General and the first
female Surgeon General of Pakistan Army. pic.twitter.com/uN900pe2T9
— Amber Rahim Shamsi (@AmberRShamsi) June 30, 2020
Major General Nigar Johar, belonged to swabi, has promoted as Lieutenant General. She is the first female officer who received this promotion. More power to our women, thriving and making their own identity. Congratulations ma’am. pic.twitter.com/ercOPbOJEk
— Sameena E. (@SameenaERana) June 30, 2020
Here comes the first three star female general of Pakistan! Lt Gen Nigar Johar.
— Farhat Javed/BBC (@FarhatJRabani) June 30, 2020
Maj Gen Nigar Johar from Swabi has been promoted Lt Gen.
She is a proud Pashtun daughter of 🇵🇰. pic.twitter.com/tt8t4c0leT
— چاند بی بی (@sunochanda12) June 30, 2020
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri congratulate Maj. Gen Nigar Johar on her well-deserved promotion to the rank of Lt. General and her appointment as the First Surgeon General.#PakistanZindabad @AsadQaiserPTI @QasimKhanSuri pic.twitter.com/NA4yVPEhrL
— National Assembly of Pakistan (@NAofPakistan) June 30, 2020
Nigar Johar Khan (NJK) of Army Medical Corps:
⭐️1st woman to reach the rank of Lieutenant General
⭐️3rd woman to reach the rank of Major General
"Pakistan is my country & I was born here. I was raised here & I think there is no match to Pakistan to anywhere in the World." – NJK pic.twitter.com/z9UFak2VWY
— Dr. Sana Khan 🇺🇸🇵🇰 (@SanaKhanDrUSA) June 30, 2020
She received a warm welcome on her new appointment.
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Lt. Gen Gohar, 1st lady Surgeon General of Pakistan Army She receives a warm welcome ! Major General Nigar Johar has been promoted to Lieutenant General. She is the first female officer to be promoted to this rank #womeninuniform #womeninpakistan #womenempowerment #pakistan #pakistanarmy #nigarjohar #lieutenantgeneral #wow360pk #didyouknow
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