ISLAMABAD – Former ISI head Lt General Asim Munir Will be Pakistan’s next army chiefPM Shehbaz Sharif It was announced Thursday, ending weeks-long speculation about who would succeed Gen Qamar Javed Bjwa, a position considered to be the most powerful within the country.
The President Arif Alvi approved it amid speculations that he might not have signed it or delay the process since he belonged to the opposition. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, (PTI), is headed by former PM Imran Khan.
Defence minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif said: “The president has signed the summary (sent by the government).” He called the presidential nod a positive sign and said: “The process of the army chief’s appointment had caused unrest in the country, but the matter is now settled.”
Munir takes over after Bajwa’s retirement on November 29. Bajwa was the leader of the army for six years—double the tenure typically reserved for the post.
Munir’s stint as chief This is army The time that staff starts is when Pakistan Faced with a crippling economic crisis and other difficulties. His appointment coincides a dispute with the military and the former PM Khan, who both blame the other. army The US and for their role in his ouster in April.
Khan had removed Munir ISI chief When he was Prime Minister. Munir It is currently posted at army As quartermaster general for supplies, HQ Rawalpindi.
Khan accused the government with trying to pick a favorite. Khan’s supporters claimed that Nawaz Sharif, the brother of the current premier was the one who picked a winner. new army chief. The government countered by saying Khan was trying to make political mileage from the appointment.
Picked PM Sharif Munir From a list of six top generals, sent Wednesday by defense ministry. He also listed Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad mirza, the second most senior-most general and chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee(JCSC), an interservices forum that coordinates the three armed forces, was elected as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
However, both appointments rested on President Alvi’s approval. He flew to Lahore to meet with his party. chief Khan after receiving the government’s summary on both nominations for two foremost military posts.
A party member briefly stated that Khan and Alvi had discussed this. army chief’s appointment and everything will be done in accordance with the law and the Constitution.
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In such a situation, the government planned to appoint Munir As the vice chief This is army staff. Alvi’s approval won’t have been required to do this. The government also considered promoting the Lt Gen To a General to extend the tenure of an officer who is nearing retirement. Munir’s retirement is due on November 27, two days before Bajwa’s.
The military has long been a major driver of economic growth. Pakistan’s domestic politics and foreign policies. Experts in political science Munir’s appointment could have a bearing on Pakistan’s fragile democracy, its relations with neighbouring India and Taliban-governed Afghanistan, as well as policies and engagements with China and the US.