PM House 'receives' summary for appointment of new army chief

Summary contains names of six generals in the race for most powerful position in Pakistan

10:57 PM | 22 Nov, 2022
PM House 'receives' summary for appointment of new army chief
Source: File photos
Share

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday evening received a summary containing names of top six contenders for the coveted post of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), a senior journalist has claimed.

According to Ansar Abbasi, the summary contains names of top six lieutenants-general of the Pakistan Army.

They are Asim Munir, the army’s quartermaster general; Azhar Abbas, the chief of general staff; Nauman Mahmood, president of the National Defence University; Faiz Hameed, the former chief of Pakistan’s premier Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and currently the commander of the army’s Bahawalpur Corps; Muhammad Amer, commander of the army's Gujranwala Corps; and Sahir Shamshad Mirza, commander of the Rawalpindi Corps.

A day earlier, Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said the new army chief would be announced by November 26. “General Bajwa will retire on December 29, but the new army chief will be notified before that, by the 26th of this month,” Asif said in an interview to a Pakistani news channel.

The current head of the Pakistan Army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, will retire on November 29. The appointment of a new army chief will have a bearing on the future of the South Asian nation’s burgeoning democracy, and set the tone for relations with India, Afghanistan, China and the United States.

Summary for appointment of new army chief sent to ... 12:51 AM | 23 Nov, 2022

RAWALPINDI – The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), media wing of the Pakkistan Army, confirmed on Tuesday ...