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Pakistan govt receives names of senior generals for next army chief


ISLAMABAD: The clouds of uncertainty surrounding the appointment of Pakistan’s new army chief began to clear on Wednesday after the government announced Wednesday that it had received the names of six senior generals for the position of successor to the incumbent general Qamar Javed Bajwa.
General Bajwa, 61, is scheduled to retire on November 29 after a three-year extension. He ruled out looking for another extension.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) released a brief statement on Twitter that it has received a summary from the Ministry of Defense on the appointment of a new Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Conjugate (CJCSC).
“The Prime Minister will make a decision on the appointment according to the established procedure,” according to the statement.
The Army also confirmed that it had submitted the names of six top lieutenants for appointments.
Although no name is mentioned, it is believed that the six men included Lieutenant General Asim Munir (currently the Honorable General), Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza (Commander of the 10th Army), Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas (Chief of the General Staff), Lieutenant General Nauman Mehmood (Rector of National Defense University), Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid (Commander of Bahawalpur Corps) and Lieutenant General Mohammad Amir (Commander of the Army Corps of Bahawalpur) command of the Gujranwala Corps).
Two of them will be selected by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for promotion and appointment to the posts of COAS and CJCSC by November 29.
Sharif will send the summary to President Arif Alvi, who will notify the appointments.
defense Minister Khawaja Asif said on Monday that the process of appointing the next head of the army would be completed by November 25.
On Monday, General Bajwa visited the navy and air force headquarters in Islamabad as part of a farewell visit. He also visited the Rawalpindi corps headquarters and laid a wreath at the Martyrs’ Monument.
The CJCS is the highest authority in the hierarchy of the armed forces but the main powers including troop mobilization, appointment and transfer rest with the army chief of staff, which makes the Hold this position the most powerful in the army.
The powerful military, which has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its more than 75 years of existence, has so far wielded considerable power in foreign policy and security matters.

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