Kerala NRI appointed to military post in Kyrgyzstan

NRI Sheikh Rafik Mohammad, who hails from Kerala and who is Saudi-based, has been appointed Major General of Kyrgyzstan by the Defence Minister of Kyrgyzstan at an official ceremony in Dubai.

It is a rare military position occupied by an overseas Keralite, whose family resides in Dubai and holds Kyrgyzstan nationality.

Rafik was invited by the Kyrgyzstan government to take up the military position in view of his earlier contribution to the nation.

This could be the first time a Malayali has occupied the top military leadership of a foreign country.