Ambassador Muhammad Masood Aslam was appointed ambassador for Pakistan to Mexico in June 2011. Prior to this, he had a distinguished career in the Pakistan military, spanning 40 years, until he retired as Lieutenant General in April 2010. While serving in the military he also completed his education with a Master’s Degree in War Studies at the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. This was complemented by subject specific courses throughout his career, such as the Command and Staff Course Pakistan, Armed Forces War Course at National Defense University in Islamabad, UN Peace Keeping Course in Sweden, and a Security Studies course at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii.
After being commissioned into the Pakistan Army in 1971, he evolved from Platoon Commander during the ’71 Indo Pak War on the Kashmir front, followed by various staff appointments at General Headquarters (GHQ) and taking command of two Infantry Brigades. He then was appointed Director of Military Training at GHQ, followed by becoming the General Officer in command of an Infantry Division. He then became Director General of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Punjab, followed by the position of Inspector General for Training and Evaluation at GHQ. He commanded a Corps for almost 3 years along the Afghanistan borders (2007-2010), where he supervised and commanded all operation against militancy and terrorism.
His role in the War Against Terror was considerable. He successfully spearheaded the Pakistan Army’s operations against terrorists in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) as Corps Commander (1 July 2007 – 10 April 2010). On the same theme, he participated in numerous National and International Conferences / Seminars on Extremism and Terrorism related subjects.
The General has been happily married for 32 years and was blessed with two daughters and a son. Both of his daughters are married while he lost his only son to a tragic Terrorist attack on a military compound in December 2009.