Lieutenant General AK Bhatt was today appointed as the next Director General of Military Operations replacing Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh.
The Cabinet's Appointment Committee approved the appointment of Lieutenant General Bhatt of the 9 Gorkha Rifles.
The news comes days after Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who has extensive experience of handling affairs in PoK and the northern areas, was appointed as Pakistan's new army chief to succeed Gen Raheel Sharif.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant General Singh has been posted as the General Officer Commanding, 1 Corps.
It was during the tenure of Lt Gen Singh that India carried out surgical strikes at five separate locations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to target terrorist launch pads.
Bhatt is at present posted in the Army Headquarters as the Additional Director General of CAB (Complaint and Advisory Board).
The appointment was cleared by the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan, who headed the Strike 1 Corps, has been appointed as the new chief of the Assam Rifles.--With agency inputs