Islamabad, Pakistan
The Sunday Review

Pakistan Named Thursday former spy chief Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir as chief of the South Asian country’s armyEnding weeks of speculation over an appointment that comes amid intense debate around the military’s influence on public life.

In a Twitter post, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said Munir’s appointment would be ratified once a summary sent by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif had been signed by the country’s president.

Munir, a former head of the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency, will take over from Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, who will retire on November 29 after six years in what is normally a three-year post.

Often is the Pakistani military accused of Interfering in politics of This appointment was made in a country that’s been ruled for many years by generals, and has seen numerous coups since 1947. of new army Chiefs are often highly politicized issues.

Munir’s appointment may prove controversial with supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted in April, after losing the backing of He was accused of mismanaging the economy and allied political leaders as well as the military.

Munir was removed from his office at the ISI during Khan’s term and the former prime minister has previously claimed – without evidence – that the Pakistani military and Sharif conspired with the United States to Take him out of power. After Khan was wounded in a gun attack at a political rally in early November, he also accused a senior military intelligence officer – without evidence – of Planning his assassination.

Both the Pakistani military and US officials have denied Khan’s claims.

Khan is still to comment on Munir’s appointment, though his party the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, (PTI), tweeted Thursday that he would be addressing the nation. “act according to the constitution and laws.”

Khan aside, new army chief will have plenty on his plate, entering office at a time when – in addition to a burgeoning economic crisis – Pakistan The aftermath of It has seen the worst floods in its entire history. He will also be to navigate the country’s notoriously rocky relationship with its neighbor India.

On Wednesday, outgoing army chief Bajwa stated that army Even though he was busy, he was often criticized “in serving the nation.” He stated that the main reason was because of the army’s historic “interference” He called Pakistani politics “unconstitutional.”

He claimed that in February, the military establishment had been established “decided to not interfere in politics” Was “adamant” Stickiness to This is the position.

PakistanA nation. of Since its inception, 220,000,000 has been ruled over by four military rulers. It has also seen three military coups. The current constitution has never allowed a prime minister to serve a full five year term. of 1973.

Uzair Younus, director of The Pakistan Initiative at Atlantic Council, declared the military institution “has lost so much of its reputation,” And the new chief Plenty of them. of There are many battles ahead.

“In historical terms an army chief needs three months to settle into his role, the new chief might not have that privilege,” Younus said. “With ongoing political polarization there might be the temptation to intervene politically again.”