These 6 big names are included in the race for Pakistan’s next army chief, PM Shahbaz Sharif will take a decision

Pakistan Next Army Chief: Discussions are going on in Pakistan regarding the next Army Chief. Soon Pak Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif can appoint a new army chief. On Monday, the Prime Minister’s Office has also received a list of names of senior officers from the Ministry of Defense for the appointment of the next Chief of Army Staff (COAS). As per details, the process to appoint the next army chief has formally begun as Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa is set to retire on November 29.

A meeting has also been chaired by PM Shehbaz to discuss the names of the next Army Chief and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) in the presence of Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Law Minister Ayaz Sadiq. The Defense Ministry has sent a list of 6 names to the PMO, out of which the next Army Chief could be. 

  • Lt. Gen. Asim Munir
  • Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad
  • Lt. Gen. Azhar Abbas
  • Lt. Gen. Nauman Mahmood
  • Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed
  • Lt Gen Muhammad Amir

Bajwa was appointed in 2016

According to Article 243 of the Constitution of Pakistan, the selection of the COAS is an exclusive responsibility of the federal government. In 2016, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif nominated General Bajwa, 61, to lead the Pakistani armed forces. The four-star general General Bajwa later got a three-year extension as the Chief of Army Staff.

How is the Pakistan Army chief appointed?

Under Pakistani law, the current Prime Minister has the right to choose the Chief of Army Staff. The Prime Minister receives a list of four to five senior-most lieutenant generals from the General Headquarters in the form of a summary – through the Ministry of Defence. As soon as the summary is transferred, the Prime Minister exercises his constitutional authority to appoint the person considered best suited for the success of the country and the Pakistan Army, after discussions with the military, government officials and their allies.

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