Commissioned in September 1984 and joined Artillery. Later, transferred to Special Services Group (SSG) in April 1987 and 19 Punjab Regiment in 1993. Has vast experience of Command, Staff and Instructional appointments. A graduate of Command & Staff College, Armed Forces War College and U.S Marines War College – MCU, Quantico, Virginia, USA. Holds Masters’ Degrees in Strategic Studies and War Studies. Has experience of operating under United Nations as a Military Observer as well as contingent in United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNMSIL). Has been General Officer Commanding Headquarters Special Services Group and also raised and operationalized a Special Security Division for China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) i.e. 34 Infantry Division.
Has been on the faculty of Premier institutions like Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul and National Defense University, Islamabad. Major General Abid Rafique, retired as Director General Infantry, General Headquarters in May 2019 and took over as Director Services in Fauji Foundation Head Office.
Presently, the General Officer is serving as member of Central Board of Directors at Fauji Foundation Head Office and on the Board of Directors of some associated companies i.e. Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd, Fauji Cement Company Ltd, Askari Cement Ltd, Fauji Kabirwala Power Company Ltd, FFBL Power Company Ltd, Fauji Meat Ltd and Fauji Food Ltd (FFBL Food).