Pakistan Prime Minister picks Lt Gen Asim Munir as new army chief

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Bajwa, 61, is due to retire on November 29 after a three-year extension. He ruled out asking for another extension. The new leader will succeed outgoing general Qamar Javed Bajwa, who will retire later this month after a six-year term.

Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza had been chosen as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).

“The Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has decided to appoint Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir as the Joint Chiefs of Staff. military using constitutional authority,” Pakistani Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb tweeted.

Aurangzeb said a summary of the same was sent to Pakistani President Arif Alvi.

On Wednesday, the Pakistani government confirmed that it had received the summary from the Ministry of Defense with a “panel of names” for the appointment of the new COAS.

“The Prime Minister’s Office has received the summary from the Ministry of Defense with a panel of names for the nomination of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief of the Army Staff. The Prime Minister will decide on the appointments according to established procedure,” the Pakistani Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

Pakistan’s defense minister has warned opposition leader and former prime minister Imran Khan, saying the coalition government will deal with him after the process of appointing the new army chief is completed.

“The process will end in two to three days. The excitement will cease, after which we will deal with Imran Khan,” the Pakistani Defense Minister was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

He made the remarks to the National Assembly of Pakistan, hinting at the official announcement of the key appointment within the next three days.

It comes after the nomination process for the new army chief began on Monday as Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif penned a letter to the country’s defense ministry for a summary of potential candidates.

*with agency contributions

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