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Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif approves early retirement of Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid, who was shortlisted for the post of army chief: Report


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif approved Lieutenant General Faiz .’s application for early retirement hamida former ISI director and one of six names apparently shortlisted for the position of Army director, according to a media report on Friday.
The report comes a few days after Chief of the General Staff (CGS), Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas also applied for early retirement after General Asim Munir was appointed as Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS).
Former ISI Director General Munir has replaced General Qamar Javed Bajwawho retired on 29 November after serving two consecutive three-year terms as Commander of the Pakistani Army in the coup-prone country, where the military wields considerable power in political matters. security and foreign policy.
Lieutenant General Hamid sent his application to Army General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi a few days ago, which sent it to the Prime Minister’s office for approval, according to Geo TV.
Lieutenant General Hamid served as DG ISI and commander of the Peshawar corps under the former Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was later appointed commander of the Bahawalpur corps, the report said.
Lieutenant General Hamid and Lieutenant General Abbas are among six candidates nominated for the post of army chief of staff to succeed General Bajwa.
Other names on the list besides General Munir, including Lt General Sahir Shamshad MirzaLieutenant General Nauman Mehmood and Lieutenant General Mohamad Amir.
General Munir was the first Army Commander to head both powerful intelligence agencies – Interagency Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI).
Pakistani Army General Shahir Shamshad Mirza on Sunday took over as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCSC) after his predecessor, (retired) General Nadeem Raza, hung up his boots a day earlier.
The military command post is the most powerful position in coup-prone Pakistan, where the military wields considerable power in foreign policy and security matters.
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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