The Pakistan government is set to appoint their new army chief within next week or 10 days, so as to replace incumbent General Raheel Sharif who will retire by end of November.
The news was disclosed by a senior Pakistani minister who recently told media…
“The government has not yet decided (as to who will be the new army chief) but is likely to announce his name in week or ten days’ time.” – Tariq Fazl Chaudhry, State Minister for Capital Administration
News about General Sharif retiring was already confirmed as he had earlier this year announced that he will not seek a second term like his predecessor General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani did.
While the name of the General Sharif’s successor has not been disclosed yet, Pakistani media is speculating that it would be between Lt. Gen. Zubair Hayat and Lt. Gen. Ishfaq Nadeem, though there might be two more names in the contention.
While Lt. Gen. Zubair has always remained on important appointments like Corps Commander Bahawalpur and Director General Strategic Plans Division before assuming his present office, Lt. Gen. Ishfaq Nadeem had been Chief of General Staff and was also Director General Military Operations.
He is presently commanding Multan Corps.
The Nawaz Sharif government has been under immense pressure for past few months to rename General Sharif or name his successor so as to end the uncertainty amidst domestic and external security forces.
In Pakistan, it is prerogative of the current Prime Minister to appoint the new army chief and his powers are absolute in this regard.
Though the outgoing chief can give always his advice as to whom he thinks is best suited for the post. The PM though can pick any of the senior Lieutenant General as army chief and is not bound to follow seniority.