ISLAMABAD – Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has probably hinted at the next military chief through a tweet in a veiled reference and Twitter is buzzing with the clue.
As political observers and analysts are trying to dig out the exact name, who wold lead Pakistan army, Maryam Nawaz tweeted pictures of Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal Ramday and Lieutenant General Zubair Hayat greeting Premier at the farewell ceremony of Gen Raheel Sharif on Thursday.
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) November 24, 2016
Although Maryam did not disclose the motive behind selecting the two military officials out of four, yet rumours are rife that PM’s daughter gave a clue of who would be heading Pakistan Army in capacity of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
It is relevant to mention that PM Nawaz has to pick Chief of Army Staff from a group of four including Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal Ramday, Lieutenant General Zubair Hayat, Lt. Gen. Ishfaq Nadeem, Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Maryam Nawaz peculiar selection of posting only Hayat’s and Ramday’s picture with premiere somewhat answered the million dollar question as to who would be the successor of General Raheel who would retire on Tuesday, November 29 along with the next Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
This is the fifth selection that Premier Nawaz Sharif would make during his tenure as Prime Minister. He has also emerged as the only Prime Minister to have appointed maximum number of military heads.
Along with Gen Raheel, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Rashad Mahmood is also completing his term on Tuesday and so PM has to select his successor as well.