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Pakistan PM set to appoint new army chief | Military News

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The current Secretary of War, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, is set to step down on November 29 after serving six years.

Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan’s nuclear armed forces will soon have a new commander, and the prime minister’s office has confirmed that it has received a list of the names of six senior generals who are arguably the most powerful in the country.

The current army chief of staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, is set to step down on November 29 after serving six years.

Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif’s office tweeted on Wednesday that it had received the names of the positions of Army Chief of Staff and Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“The prime minister will make appointments in accordance with established procedures,” he said.

Bajwa took charge of the 600,000-strong army for three years in November 2016. He was granted an extension by then Prime Minister Imran Khan in August 2019.

The confirmation from the prime minister’s office sparked speculation of strained relations between the government and the military, following the confusion, allegations and counter-arguments that unfolded in news and social media on Tuesday night.

Considered to be Pakistan’s most powerful institution, the military has ruled the country for over 30 of its 75 years of independence in 1947 and has imposed martial law three times.

As prime minister, Sharif has the power to select generals from a recommended list.

Defense Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted that the list of names would be sent to the prime minister’s office “in a timely manner” after a private broadcaster reported that the names were included.

“Prime Minister has not yet received the summary.

However, shortly after midnight, the military’s media arm, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), confirmed via a tweet that the six names had been sent to the Department of Defense.

The defense minister confirmed the status of the list on Twitter an hour later.

“An overview has been received at the PMO from the Ministry of Defense. Fortunately, the rest of the steps will be completed soon,” he wrote.

Asif tried to downplay what appeared to be a deadlock over top job choices.

Neither the ISPR nor the ministry mentioned the names of the senior generals. In order of seniority, they are Lieutenant General Asim Mounir, Lieutenant General Sahil Shamshad Mirza, Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas, Lieutenant General Nauman Mehmood, Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed and Lieutenant General. Mohammad Amir.

Abdul Basit, a Singapore-based security analyst, commented on the uncertainty over the appointment, saying endless political strife and power games have cost Pakistan’s rule.

“This constant power struggle that results in constant instability is unlikely to subside even with the appointment and election of a new chief next year,” he said.

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