In a major reshuffle, Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor will leave his post as director general Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and be replaced by Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar.

Maj Gen Ghafoor’s services have been transferred to the 40th Infantry Division (Okara), where he will serve as the general officer commanding (GOC).

“Thanks to everyone I have remained associated with during the tenure,” Maj Gen Ghafoor wrote on Twitter from the @OfficialDGISPR handle as news of his transfer broke. He had headed the military’s media arm since December 2016.

“My very special thanks to Media all across. Can’t thank enough fellow Pakistanis for their love and support.

“Best wishes to [the] new DG ISPR for his success.”

Maj Gen Ghafoor was posted as the DG ISPR in December 2016, replacing Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa as the head of the military’s media wing.