RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations of Pakistan armed forces in a statement called Kumar a “brilliant officer”.
Kumar’s rank was upgraded from Major to Lieutenant Colonel during the promotion boards. He is serving in Pakistan Army’s Medical Corps, ISPR statement added.
He hails from Sindh’s Tharparkar district and is the first Hindu-Pakistani to be elevated to the position.
In the last two decades, six Hindu officers have been appointed in the Pakistan Army of which Kelash Kumar is the third.
Before the year 2000, Hindu officers were not upgraded to senior positions in the army. Under former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf’s rule, however, this changed. Since then, Hindu officers have risen to the rank of Major.
All of them belong to different districts of Mirpur. According to an estimate, there are presently more than 400 Hindus in the Pakistan Army.
Har Charan Singh, who was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in 2007, was the first Hindu-Sikh officer to reach the rank of Major.
Who is Lt Col Kelash Kumar?
Dr. Kailash Meghwar hails from Umerkot’s Nohanto village, but his family later moved to the Cheelhar town in Tharparkar. He completed MBBS from the Liaquat Medical University of Health Sciences Jamshoro in 2006.
The officer joined the Pakistan Army in 2012 as a senior doctor at a hospital in North Sudan. He was a part of Operation Al-Mizan in the Orakzai Agency of Waziristan and Operation Rah-e-Rast in Swat. Lt Col Kumar was awarded the Medal of Défense, which is given to military officers on duty on the Siachen Glacier. He was posted at the Saddle Check post in the Baltoro Sector near K2 at an altitude of 22,000 feet, which is a record in itself.