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KARAMAT GENERAL (RETIRED)

KARAMAT, GENERAL (RETIRED) JEHANGIR (1941- ) On 8December 1995 President Farooq Leghari appointed Lieutenant General Jehangir Karamat chief of the army staff (COAS) On 8January 1996 General Karamat took command of the army from General Abdul Waheed Kakar, becoming the twelfth person to lead the army and the tenth Pakistani to occupy that position His appointment was well received Even though he may not have wished to be involved in politics, a number of developments in 1996-1997 thrust Karamat onto the center of the political stage In November 1996, he supported President Farooq Leghari’s decision to dismiss Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto A year later, he tried to mediate between President Leghari and Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif in their dispute over the role of Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah of the Supreme Court Karamat failed in his efforts, and President Leghari resigned on 2 December 1997 Karamat resigned from the army in October 1998 after giving a speech in Lahore that was critical of the government of Mian Nawaz Sharif He was succeeded by General Pervez Musharraf as the COAS See also JUDGES’ CASE



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