Newly-appointed High Commissioner of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Sri Lanka Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat paid a courtesy call on Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake on November 29 at the Army Headquarters.The Pakistan’s High Commissioner conveyed his best wishes to the Army Commander and expressed his readiness to strengthen bilateral and Army-to-Army relations with Sri Lanka.
Major General Piyal Wickramaratne, General Staff Director General at the entrance to the Commander’s office warmly welcomed the envoy and ushered him to the Commander’s Office.The High Commissioner placed his signature in the visitors’ book at the Commander’s Office and presented a symbolic memento to the Commander of the Army.
Major General Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat (Rtd), Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military) was commissioned in the Pakistan Army in March 1979 and has a wide experience of command, staff and instructional assignments.
He has served with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force as Contingent Commander in Haiti (1997-98) and as a Mission Planning Officer and the Officer in Charge, Generic Planning Unit in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations Secretariat, New York (1999-2001). He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations (2001) and a Post-Doctorate in International Cooperation (2014).