Major General Athar Abbas is a former Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) who has been serving as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Ukraine since 2015.[1] A two-star general of the Pakistan Army he served as DG of ISPR from January 2008 to June 2012.[2] He retired from active military service after 35 years in June 2012.[1]

Athar Abbas
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Major General Athar Abbas
Ambassador of Pakistan to Ukraine
Assumed office
Director General of the Inter Services Public Relations
In office
Preceded byWaheed Arshad
Succeeded byAsim Saleem Bajwa
Personal details
Born23 June 1955[1]
RelationsSiblings: Mazhar Abbas, Azhar Abbas, Zaffar Abbas
EducationAsia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, National Defence University, Quaid-i-Azam University
AwardsHilal-e-Imtiaz (Military)[1]
Military service
AllegiancePakistan Pakistan
Branch/serviceFlag of the Pakistani Army.svg Pakistan Army
Years of service1976 – 2012
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
UnitArmy Armored Corps
Commands6th Armoured Division, Kharian
DG Quartering and Lands
DG Inter-Services Public Relations
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1999
War in North-West Pakistan

Military careerEdit

General Abbas was commissioned in October 1976 in the 54th PMA Long Course from the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul into the Pakistan 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 Malaysian Armed Forces Staff College, Malaysia.[2] After 35 years of active military service, Athar Abbas retired in June 2012.[1]


He is a participant of the Executive Course at Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii, US. He has attended Armed Forces War Course and National Defence Course at the National Defence University, Islamabad. He has been on the faculty of Command and Staff College, Quetta and National Defence College, Islamabad. He holds a master's degrees in War Studies as well as Strategic Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.[1] He was promoted to Major General in June 2005 and had commanded an armoured division in Kharian from June 2005 to June 2007.[2]

Other Office AppointmentsEdit

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.[3]


Athar Abbas is married with three children, two daughters and a son.[2][1] Three of his brothers are associated with journalism and the media, working with the leading Pakistani media organisations.[3] His brothers are Mazhar Abbas (worked for ARY Group Television Network and headed the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists for several years), Azhar Abbas Geo News (TV Network) Managing Director, Zaffar Abbas, Editor of Dawn (newspaper).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Profile of Athar Abbas on Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan website Retrieved 28 November 2017
  2. ^ a b c d "Athar Abbas takes over as new DG ISPR (Profile of Athar Abbas)" (Press release). ISPR. 2008-01-14. Archived from the original on 2008-01-16. Retrieved 28 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b Sheikh, Shakil (9 January 2008). "Maj-Gen Athar is new DG ISPR". The News International (newspaper). Retrieved 28 November 2017.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Waheed Arshad
Director General of the ISPR
2008 – 2012
Succeeded by
Asim Saleem Bajwa