Islamabad(TNS): A Christian commando’s promotion to the rank of Major General is a historic milestone in the armed forces.


The promotion of Christian Commando Major General Julian Muazzam James on merit is a historical milestone of Pakistan Armed Forces.
Army Selection Board meeting chaired by Army Chief General Asim Munir on Friday decided to promote 22 Brigadiers to the rank of Major General.

Major General Julian Moazzam James has made history as the first Christian commando officer of the elite Special Services Group and achieved this honor in the 76-year history of the Pakistan Army. He commanded SSG Brigade Tarbela, and Air Defense Brigade Sargodha. Besides, he has served as Defense Attaché in Nigeria for three years.
He has done Air Defense Staff Course, Intelligence Staff Course, Pakistan Staff Course, National Security War Course.
Azad Marshall, president of the Ship Church of Pakistan, expressed his joy at the news on X, saying, “It is a very proud day for Christians in Pakistan as we celebrate the promotion of a remarkable Major General.” . Making history as the ‘First SSG Christian Commando Officer’ Major General Julian Muazzam James in the 76 year history of Pakistan Army, this milestone is a source of pride for us. described the promotion of Julian Muazzam James to the rank of Major General as a moment of pride not only for Major General James and his family but also for the Christian community in Pakistan. Pakistan Army officer Julian Moazzam James is the first commando of the Special Service Group (SSG) and the third Christian to be promoted to the rank of Major General. had decided to promote 22 Brigadiers to the rank of Major General. Among the promoted military officers, 13 Brigadiers are from Infantry while nine Brigadiers are from Armed Corps, Artillery, Air Defence, Aviation, Corps of Military Intelligence and EMA. Pakistan Army Promotion Board has promoted 22 Brigadiers to the rank of Major General
9 Brigadiers promoted to higher posts belonged to Armed Corps, Artillery, Air Defence, Aviation, Corps of Military Intelligence and EMA while 13 Brigadiers belonged to Infantry.
Those promoted include Brigadier Adnan Sultan, Brigadier Usman Kayani, Brigadier Imran Sartaj, Brigadier Yahya Usman, Brigadier Usman Iqbal, Brigadier Julian Moazzam James, Brigadier Saeed Anwar, Brigadier Irfan Ramey and Brigadier Atiq. Omar, Brigadier Imtiaz Gilani, Brigadier Ahmad Jawad, Brigadier Tahani, Brigadier Bilal Sarfaraz, Brigadier Khurram Shabbir, Brigadier Faisal Saud, Brigadier Abid Mazhar, Brigadier Shehryar, Brigadier Shehryar, Brigadier Shehryar. Yes Amjad Aziz and Brigadier Zulfiqar Shaheen are included.
It should be noted that for the first time in the 76-year history of Pakistan, a Christian SSG commando, Brigadier Julian Moazzam James, has been promoted to the rank of Major General.

Christian officers who reached the rank of General in the Pakistan Army before Major General Julian Moazzam include Major General Noel Israel Khokhar and Major General Julian Peter, who have now retired from their posts.
The six Christian officers who reached the rank of general or equivalent are Air Vice Marshal Eric G. Hall (Star of Courage and Star of Basalt), Air Vice Marshal Michael John O’Brien (Medal of Courage and Star of Basalt), Air Admiral Norman Man Gone (Star of Basalt) and Satara Amitaz Military), Major General (Late) Peter Julian, Major General Noel Israel Khokhar and Major General Julian Moazzam James. Another officer who reached the rank of General in the Pakistan Army, Major General Kazeed Manik Sapariwala, belonged to the Parsi religion. –

Farrukh James, the elder brother of Major General Julian Muazzam James, has also been associated with the army, who has now retired as a major.
Born in Narowal District of Punjab Province, Major General Julian Moazzam James joined the Special Forces SSG of the Pakistan Army after being commissioned in the Air Defense Regiment – he belongs to 92 Long Course.Pakistan Army was established in 1947 after the independence of Pakistan. It is a volunteer professional fighting force. The main objective of the Pakistan Army is to defend the land borders of the country. Since independence in 1947, the Pakistan Army has performed the duty of defending the homeland in 4 wars with India and numerous border skirmishes. He also served prominently in the Arab-Israeli war, the Iraq-Kuwait war and the military assistance of the allied Arab countries in the Gulf War. Recent major operations include Operation Black Thunder Storm, Operation Rah Rast and Operation Rah Najat. The Pakistan Army came into existence on 3 June 1947 as a result of the division of the British Indian Army or the British Indian Army. The soon-to-be-independent state of Pakistan got 6 armored, 8 artillery and 8 infantry regiments, while in comparison India got 12 armored, 40 artillery and 21 infantry regiments. In 1947, Pakistan got only three infantry divisions, including No. 7, 8 and 9 divisions were included. 10th, 12th and 14th divisions were raised in 1948. At some point before 1954, 9 Van Division was broken up and 6 Van Division was formed, but after 1954 it was also abolished.
According to the International Institute of Strategic Studies, in April 2013 the active manpower of the Pakistan Army was 7,25,000. In addition to this, the reserve or inactive 5,50,000 people are added, bringing the estimated manpower to 12,75,000 people. Although there is a provision for conscription in the constitution of Pakistan, it has never been used. Pakistan Army including Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force is the seventh largest army in the world. Under Article 243 of the Constitution of Pakistan, the President of Pakistan holds the office of the civilian Commander-in-Chief or Sepah Salar-e-Azam of the Armed Forces of Pakistan, including the Pakistan Army. The first Army Chief of Pakistan was an English General Frank Mesroy, who held the position of Commander-in-Chief from August 15, 1947 to February 10, 1948. General Sir Frank Walter Mesroy was born on December 9, 1893 in Trinidad (West Indies). and died on February 2, 1974 in England. He was an officer in the British Indian Army in the First and Second World Wars. Initially educated at Eton College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst, he was commissioned in the Indian Army in 1913. From 1914 to 1918, he took part in the Middle East War against the Ottoman Turks in World War I and then served in Kurdistan in 1919. From 1932 to 1936, he was also posted as an instructor in Staff College, Quetta. In the Second World War, he reached the rank of colonel in the Indian Army in September 1939 and served in Sudan. Meseravi was the only British Indian Army officer to command a British division during World War II. He played an important role in defeating the Japanese on the Burma front and as a result became the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army in 1945. After the partition, he got the honor of being the first Army Chief of Pakistan. When Pakistan came into existence, General Sir Douglas David Gracie was appointed as the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of General Meseravi, so after the retirement of General Meseravi, Gracie became the next Commander-in-Chief of the army. General Gracie retired on January 16, 1951, after completing his regular term of service, a year after the cease-fire in Kashmir.
The Pakistan Army is led by General Asim Munir, Chief of Army Staff, while General Sahir Shamshad Mirza is in charge of the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.