Friday, December 2, 2022

Pakistan PM picks Lt Gen Asim Munir as new army chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday selected Lt Gen Asim Munir as the new Army chief (COAS) to exchange incumbent Normal Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Bajwa, 61, is scheduled to retire on November 29 after a three-year extension. He had dominated out searching for one other extension.
Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza had been picked as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Employees Committee (CJCSC). Each officers have additionally been promoted to four-star generals.
The CJCSC is the best authority within the hierarchy of the armed forces however the important thing powers together with mobilisation of troops, appointments and transfers lie with the COAS which makes the particular person holding the publish essentially the most highly effective within the army.
Data minister Marriyum Aurangzeb tweeted the announcement on the subsequent army chief on Thursday morning. “The abstract about (appointments) has been despatched to the President,” she wrote.
Defence minister Khawaja Asif informed the media after the appointments that the “recommendation” had been forwarded to President Arif Alvi, including that each one issues had been settled in keeping with the legislation and the Structure. He hoped that the President wouldn’t make the appointments “controversial” and would endorse the recommendation of the premier.

New COAS (Chief of Army Employees) Lt Gen Munir might be Pakistan’s seventeenth army chief for the reason that nation’s start in 1947. That compares with about 30 prime ministers throughout the identical interval.
He’s from the Frontier Drive Regiment, and has led the nation’s elite spy agencies- the Inter-Providers Intelligence that focuses on safety and army intelligence.
He has served beneath Bajwa’s direct command within the often-troubled northern areas that border Afghanistan, China and India.
Imran Khan had eliminated Munir as ISI chief inside eight months of his appointment and changed him with an officer thought-about near him.
Lt Gen Munir was due for retirement on November 27. However now together with his appointment as army chief, he’ll serve for one more three years.
(With company inputs)

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