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Pakistan government-army stalemate over next military chief ends as PM’s office gets list of names


ISLAMABAD: The Shehbaz The government led by Prime Minister Sharif in Pakistan on Wednesday confirmed that it had received from the Defense Ministry a summary of the appointment of the next army chief, days before the retirement of General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The announcement quelled speculations, claims, and countered claims of an impasse between the government and the military over who should hold what is believed to be Pakistan’s most important post after prime minister. after the incumbent resigned on November 29.
“The Prime Minister’s office has received a nametag for the positions of chairman, joint chief of staff and chief of staff of the army. The prime minister will make a decision on the appointment according to procedure,” the office of the Prime Minister said. Sharif wrote on Twitter.
Past midnight, the Interagency Public Relations Agency said a list of the names of senior generals had been sent to the Department of Defense. Neither the agency nor the Prime Minister’s office mentioned the candidates – Lt Gen Asim Munir, Lt General Sahir Shamshad MirzaLieutenant General Azhar Abbas, Lieutenant General Nauman Mehmood, Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed and Lieutenant General Mohamad Amir – people in order of seniority.
defense Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif said the Prime Minister will appoint a successor to General Bajwa before leaving for Ankara on November 25. “The Prime Minister will leave on Friday night. So everything will be resolved by then,” Asif said. , while also pointing out that the process should never have happened. is a matter of public debate.
The minister denied reports that the summary received by the government contained four objectionable names. “That is incorrect,” he said, asking the media to avoid speculation.
After making a choice, the Prime Minister will advise President Arif Alvi to appoint the chosen general as the next army commander. It remains to be seen whether the President agrees with the government’s choice or resubmits the proposal for reconsideration.
All of this will take place in the context of the former Prime Minister Imran Khan could resume his long march at the garrison city of Rawalpindi on 26 November, just three days before General Bajwa’s retirement and possibly one day after the appointment of his successor.
Prime Minister Sharif He has shied away from print and broadcast coverage since early November. Earlier this month, he quietly set off for a climate change conference in Egypt, then landed in London for a trip. go separately and stay there for a week before returning home.
Upon arrival, he was diagnosed with Covid, thus limiting his travel to the Prime Minister’s house. He is understood to have held meetings with key influencers in making important decisions.
Government sources said that before the Defense Ministry released the brief, General Bajwa met with Shehbaz and “all issues were resolved”. His meetings with former President Asif Ali Zardari and consultations with his brother and former Prime Minister in exile Nawaz Sharif in London helped break the deadlock over new appointments, they said.

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