Khalid Shameem Wynne

General Khalid Shameem Wynne (Urdu: خالد شمیم وائیں‎; August 28, 1953 – December 30, 2017), NI(m), HI(m), was a four-star rank army general in the Pakistan Army who tenured as the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee appointed in 2010 until retiring on 8 October 2013.[1][2][3]

Khalid Shameem Wynne
خالد شمیم وائیں
Khalid Wynne (close-up).jpg
K. Shameem Wynne (1953–2018)
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
In office
8 October 2010 – 8 October 2013
Preceded byGen. Tariq Majid
Succeeded byGen. Rashad Mahmood
Personal details
Born
Khalid Shameem Wynne

(1953-08-28)28 August 1953
Abbottabad, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan
Died30 December 2017(2017-12-30) (aged 64)
Chakri, Punjab, Pakistan
Cause of deathMotor-vehicle collision
Citizenship Pakistan
Military service
Nickname(s)Wynne
Allegiance Pakistan
Branch/service Pakistan Army
Years of service1971–2013
RankOF-9 Pakistan Army.svgUS-O10 insignia.svgGeneral
Unit20th Paratroopers Punjab Regiment
CommandsChief of General Staff at Army GHQ
XII Corps in Quetta
Schools of Infantry and Tactics
Battles/warsIndo-Pakistani War of 1971
Siachen conflict in 1984
Balochistan insurgency
War in North-West Pakistan
AwardsOrder of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.pngNishan-e-Imtiaz (military)
Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.pngHilal-i-Imtiaz (military)

BiographyEdit

Early life and educationEdit

Wynne came from an army background and hailed from the soldier-producing area of Sialkot. His father, Colonel Arshad Shameem Wynne served in the Pakistan Army until 1972.[4] His unit was the 20th battalion of the Punjab Regiment.[2] He got his earlier education from various cantonment schools all over Pakistan and joined Cadet College Hasan Abdal as special entry in 1969 after matriculation.[5]

Military careerEdit

In 1971, Wynne joined the Army after his intermediate examination.[2] He passed out in April 1972 in the 1st Special War Course to join his father's battalion, 20 Punjab Regiment.[4] He graduated from Command and Staff College, Quetta; Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr, Hamburg, Germany; and the National Defence University, Islamabad. He held a master's degree in War Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University.[5]

Command appointmentsEdit

Wynne had held various command, staff and instructional appointments during his 42-year military career. He had been a brigade major of two infantry brigades.[5] He had commanded his own 20th Battalion of the Punjab Regiment, two infantry brigades, including the 323 Infantry Brigade in Siachen (also known as Siachen Brigade), the 41st Infantry Division in Quetta and the Southern Command in Quetta.[4]

 
Ash Carter (center) with Wynne (right), 16 September 2013

Staff and instructional appointmentsEdit

On the academic part, he had held various instructional designations and remained on the faculty of School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta; Command and Staff College, Quetta and Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul.[4]

Wynne also remained Chief of Staff in a Corps Headquarters and Commandant of the School of Infantry and Tactics in Quetta.[4] He had also served in General Staff directorate, staying as Deputy Chief of General Staff (DCGS) from 2006 to 2007[4] and then as Chief of General Staff from April 2010 to October 2010.[2]

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff CommitteeEdit

Prior to his promotion, the official statement noted that "General Wynne was appointed as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee by President Asif Ali Zardari, on the advice of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani."[6]

Before this appointment, Wynne was serving as the Chief of General Staff (CGS) at the Army GHQ since April 2010.[7] He also served as field operational Commander of the XII Corps in Quetta from 2007 to 2010, overseeing the Baloch insurgency and the fallout of the war in the Tribal Areas.[8]

At the onset of the initial retirement dates of Generals Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Tariq Majid at the end of 2010, Wynne would have been the senior-most general in the Pakistan Army and thus a candidate for a four-star post.[9][10]

In September 2010, it was announced that Lieutenant General Wynne would be promoted as four-star general and would replace General Tariq Majid as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee on 8 October 2010.[4][6] He retired on 8 October 2013, after 42 years in active services.[11][12]

DeathEdit

Khalid Shameem Wynne died while travelling with his son, driver and a friend to Lahore on 30 December 2017, when a tyre on the SUV they were travelling in burst near Chakri Interchange on the Rawalpindi–Lahore motorway.[13] His friend also died on the spot while Wynne's son was critically injured. The driver also received injuries. The injured were taken to Combined Military Hospital, Rawalpindi.[14][2][15] Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif expressed their grief over Wynne's death.[14]

Wynne was laid to rest in Lahore on 1 January 2018. His funeral prayer was attended by COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, former president Asif Ali Zardari and former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Welcome to ISPR". webcache.googleusercontent.com. ISPR. Retrieved 19 February 2018.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e Naseer, Tahir. "Former CJCSC, Gen Khalid Shamim Wynne passes away in road accident". DAWN. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Farewell: As CJCSC hangs up his uniform, speculation rife about successor - The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "General Wyne new JCSC chairman". Dawn. 29 September 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Administrator. "Lt. Gen. Khalid Shameem Wynne posted as Corps Commander Quetta". abdalians.com. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b Shakil Shaikh. "Gen Wyne new CJCSC" The News, 29 September 2010
  7. ^ "Wyne made chief of general staff" Dawn, 18 April 2010
  8. ^ "Commanders to discuss security tomorrow" Dawn, 15 April 2007
  9. ^ Ahmad Noorani. "Newly-promoted general to head seniority list" The News, 22 February 2010
  10. ^ Hamid Hussain. "Selection of next army chief: Wynne, Yousaf top contenders while Taj a dark horse" Business Recorder, 19 February 2010
  11. ^ "CJCSC Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne retires". Geo News. AFP. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Armed Forces bids farewell to Gen. Khalid Shameem Wynne". Business Recorder. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  13. ^ Press, Associated (30 December 2017). "Retired top Pakistani general dies in car accident". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  14. ^ a b "Ex-CJCSC Gen (retd) Khalid Shameem Wynne dies in road accident". Express Tribune. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Car crash claims life of former CJCSC General (retd) Khalid Shameem Wynne". Geo News. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  16. ^ "Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne laid to rest". The News International. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

External linksEdit

Military offices
Preceded by
Mustafa Khan
Chief of General Staff
2010
Succeeded by
Waheed Arshad
Preceded by
Tariq Majid
Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
2010 – 2013
Succeeded by
Ashfaq Pervez Kayani (Acting)