Served in the Pakistan Army from 1976 to 2012 and retired at the rank of Major General. Athar Abbas has served on the faculties of Staff College as well as the Defence University. Before retiring from the army, he served as Chief Military Spokesperson and Director General, ISPR. He delivers lectures on national security, counter terrorism/violent extremism, civil-military relations and media’s role in a conflict. He comments on these subjects in national and international publications. An active member of the Pakistan-India Track-II diplomacy, his last assignment was as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Ukraine.