It is expected that the selection process for the new army chief of Pakistan will begin.

It is expected that the selection process for the new army chief of Pakistan will begin.

 

Today is probably the day that the selection process for the new army chief will start. According to Dawn, the administration is hopeful that Dr. Arif Alvi, the president of Pakistan, won’t obstruct the appointment procedure in any way. Notably, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the current Chief of Army Staff (COAS), will step down on November 29. However, according to the Dawn story, Pakistan’s new military chief would probably be chosen before November 27. Earlier, Pakistan’s Minister of Defense Khawaja Asif stated that the selection process will start on Monday and that the new commander would be chosen on Tuesday as well as Wednesday. The government “cannot overlook the centrality of the military in the system,” he continued.

The ministry of defence will start the summary for the nomination of a new army head before November 27, according to the news report, an insider in the prime minister’s office told Dawn. According to a story in Dawn, an insider in the defence ministry said the appointment would be made early November 27. The insider claimed that after the consultation process was concluded, the government’s allies as well as the military leadership had the same opinion on the matter. Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, visited London and spoke with PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif about the matter, according to Dawn. Shehbaz Sharif enlisted the support of all coalition members after returning to Pakistan.

The Secretariat of the Pakistan Peoples Party referred to Asif Ali Zardari’s tweet from November 18 as follows: Assertion of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliament members President Asif Ali Zardari, We Firmly Believe in Ranking System in Pakistan Army, Previous President Asif Ali Zardari All three-star generals are equally qualified to lead the Army and hold the same rank. Zardari continued, “In any event, the appointment of the Army Chief must not be political; doing so will undermine the institution.” The law stipulates that the Prime Minister will appoint the Army Chief.

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