General Raheel Sharif tribune
The four officers in line to succeed incumbent General Raheel Sharif are Lt Gen Zubair Hayat, Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday and Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Dawn reported.
“In addition, the position of the candidates on political developments in the country … will also be a deciding factor.
Sharif will hold a one-on-one consultation with the army chief on prospective candidates.
“Gen Raheel Sharif would not like to become controversial and would not like the Prime Minister to use his recommendation as an excuse to distort the seniority list,” a retired general was quoted as saying.
Lt Gen Nadeem Ahmed is considered to have had a textbook career. He is currently serving as Multan corps commander. He belongs to the Azad Kashmir Regiment.
Lt Gen Ramday now leads the Bahawalpur corps and was previously president of the National Defence University in Islamabad.
The Dawn said all the candidates appeared to be evenly poised “and there are no clear front-runners”.
Gen Raheel Sharif is set to retire at the end of November.