Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, (Urdu: اشفاق پرویز کیانی , born April 20, 1952; NI(M), HI), is a four-star rank general officer in the Pakistan Army, and the current Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army. He succeeded General Pervez Musharraf as the chief of army staff on November 29, 2007. In addition, General Kayani formerly served as the Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and director of the Directorate-General of Military Operations (DGMO). On 24 July 2010, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani extended Kayani’s term as Chief of the Army Staff by three years, making him the first four-star officer to receive a term extension from any democratic government.In 2011, Forbes named him the 34th most powerful person in the world.In 2012, Forbes named him the 28th most powerful person in the world
Ashfaq Parvez Kayani was born in Manghot town located in Gujar District of the Punjab Province of Pakistan, on 20 April 1952. The town of Manghot is situated on the Pothohar Plateau bounded on the east by the Jhelum River, on the west by the Indus River. Ashfaq's father was a Non-commissioned officer (NCO) in the Pakistan Army. His humble background as the son of an NCO has endeared him to the junior ranks of the army. After attending a local high school, Ashfaq enrolled in the Military College Jhelum and made a transfer to Pakistan Military Academy in Kakul where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1971 in his class of 45th PMA Long Course.Ultimately, he gained commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 5th Battalion of the famed Baloch Regiment on 29 August 1971.He actively participated and joined up the military in time of 1971 war with India.