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Lt Gen Asim Munir Is Selected By PM Shehbaz To Be The New COAS

Lt Gen Asim Munir Is Selected By PM Shehbaz To Be The New COAS

November 24, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News

After days of rumours, the appointment of Lieutenant General Syed Asim Munir as the new army chief and Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday put a stop to them.

Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb made the statement in a Twitter, stating that President Alvi has received the summary.

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Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has chosen to nominate Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir as Chief of the Army Staff using his constitutional authority.

According to the seniority list, the positions of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and army chief were up for grabs amongst Lt. Gen. Asim Munir, Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Lt. Gen. Azhar Abbas, Lt. Gen. Numan Mahmud, and Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed.

The choice of the new army leader has reached its conclusion, according to confirmation from Defence Minister Khwaja Asif that “the advice has gone to President Alvi.”

The minister said, “Imran Khan now has to decide whether he wants to build the institution of homeland defence or make it contentious.

“President Alvi’s decision to heed constitutional and legal counsel as opposed to political advice will also be put to the test, he continued. He has a responsibility to safeguard the nation against political disputes as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces “.

The defence minister had made a casual comment to reporters on Wednesday outside the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that the new army chief might be chosen before PM Shehbaz leaves for a trip to Turkey on November 25.

Lt Gen Syed Asim Munir has a range of military expertise. He was Gujranwala’s Corps Commander. He served from October 2018 to June 2019 as the DG ISI as well. Many people were surprised by his brief tenure as the leading spy agency’s director.

It was reported at the time that the prime minister at the time, Imran Khan, was not pleased with him because he was thought to have alerted him to his wife’s alleged involvement in corruption. Gen Asim’s determination to follow the rules was also believed to have irritated Imran.

Gen. Asim was the DG of Military Intelligence as well. He is seen as the front-runner since the government has said that seniority would this time be given priority in choosing a new leader.

On the list of seniority, Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza is ranked second. He is Rawalpindi’s Corps Commander. He also held the important position of Chief of General Staff (CGS), which was once held by the majority of army chiefs.

Due to his dual leadership of the operational and intelligence directorates in the army, CGS is referred to as the de facto army chief. To put it simply, every file in the army passes through his desk.

Imran Khan, the leader of the PTI, stated on Wednesday that President Arif Alvi was in touch with him and would speak with him on the choice of a new army commander because he was the party leader.

He said that since I am the leader of the party, the president may speak with me if the prime minister can communicate with a “absconder” (a reference to PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif).

However, “the president and I have decided that we will play with this within the law and do whatever is in law and the Constitution,” Imran said in an interview on a private news channel. “The president will absolutely discuss the matter with me,” he continued, adding that he was unaware of who they would appoint.


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