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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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In The Midst Of Political Unrest, Pakistan’s PM Will Appoint A New Army Commander

In The Midst Of Political Unrest, Pakistan’s PM Will Appoint A New Army Commander

November 24, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News


Despite current political unrest in the nation, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is prepared to pick a new army commander after obtaining a list of applicants for the crucial role, authorities said on Wednesday.

For half of Pakistan’s 75-year existence, the army has dominated the nation and possessed significant political power.

The most recent action put an end to days of rumour regarding a impasse between Sharif’s coalition government and the military over Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s replacement, who is retiring early next week. Imran Khan, the former prime minister, had decided to extend his term due to rising hostilities with India, Pakistan’s neighbor.

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Khan was deposed by Sharif in April following a no-confidence vote in Parliament, but tensions surrounded Bajwa’s position after the army chief was accused by Khan of working with the United States to oust his government. This accusation has been repeatedly refuted by Washington, Sharif, and the military.

Outgoing army leader Bajwa addressed the “false narrative” of Khan’s accusations in a televised speech, although he avoided mentioning the former premier.

“Would we be seated in silence if there was a foreign conspiracy? It would be a serious offence, he added.

Keep in mind that there is a limit to patience, Bajwa said, adding that the military had so far displayed restraint. This appeared to be a warning to Khan.

The statements made by the army chief elicited no instant response from Khan’s party. At least one meeting between the former premier and Bajwa was arranged by Pakistani President Arif Alvi in the nation’s capital, Islamabad, in an effort to bring the two people together.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Defense Ministry, which had already received the initial list of applicants, informed Sharif’s office through Twitter that it had received a synopsis of the contenders for the position of new army chief. Additionally, the military tweeted that six senior generals had been proposed.

Sharif has been under pressure to retire from Khan. After beginning a protest march from the eastern city of Lahore on October 28, the former cricket star survived an attempted murder this month that left one bystander dead and 13 others injured.

Sharif and Khan’s acrimonious political dispute breaks out as Pakistan attempts to recover from last summer’s devastating floods. Following the record-breaking floods that claimed 1,739 lives and affected 33 million, thousands of people are still living in temporary housing.

The names of the proposed generals for the top army position have not yet been made public by the military, the government, or both. The six most senior generals serving in Pakistan are Lt. Gens. Asim Munir, Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Azhar Abbas, Nauman Mehmood, Faiz Hamid, and Mohammad Amir.

The coalition government has rejected Khan’s proposal for Sharif to call early polls, stating that the next parliamentary election would take place in 2023 as scheduled. At the same time as Bajwa is retiring, Khan is urging Sharif to do so. In 2016, Bajwa was appointed army chief, and Khan prolonged his tenure by three years.

Gen. Asim Munir, a former spymaster, is regarded as one of the leading candidates for the top position. Any of the generals proposed by the military may be chosen by Sharif.


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The Top Military Brass’s Massive Overhaul Is About To Begin

The Top Military Brass’s Massive Overhaul Is About To Begin

October 12, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News


In a dramatic shake-up of the top brass ahead of the change in leadership at the end of next month, the army announced on Tuesday that 12 major generals had been elevated to the rank of lieutenant general.

12 Major Generals Promoted In One Go

According to ISPR, the promoted generals are Major General Inam Haider Malik, Major General Fayyaz Hussain Shah, Major General Nauman Zakria, Major General Mohammad Zafar Iqbal, Major General Ayman Bilal Safdar, Major General Ahsan Gulrez, Major General Syed Aamer Raza, Major General Shahid Imtiaz, Major General Mohammad Munir Afsar, Major General Babar Iftikhar,

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It is unusual to see so many people promoted to the position of lieutenant general at once. Although these elevations are typically supposed to be done on the basis of vacancies, the promotions in the Army had been overdue for about a year.

The seats vacated by the retirement of three lieutenant generals in the middle of October 2021, one in July of this year, and five at the end of September would be filled by the 12 newly promoted generals. Lt Gen Majid Ehsan, the former IG Arms, Lt Gen Amir Abbasi, the former QMG, and Lt Gen Hamooduz Zaman Khan, the former Commander of Army Air Defence Command, were among those who had retired a year earlier.

Lt Gen Moazzam Ejaz, the then Engineer in Chief, had retired in July. In contrast, Lt Gen Abdul Aziz, the then commander of the Lahore Corps, Lt Gen Nadeem Zaki Manj, the then commander of the Mangla Corps, Lt Gen Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood, the then IG Training and Evaluation Lt Gen Syed Mohammad Adnan, and Lt Gen Waseem Ashraf, the DG

After Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ali, who was the corps commander of Balochistan at the time, was killed in a helicopter crash on August 2 while carrying out flood relief operations, the tenth position became vacant.

To replace the anticipated four-star vacancies caused by the approaching retirement of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen Nadeem Raza and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, two more generals have been promoted in advance of the elevation of two lieutenant generals.

The COAS alone has the authority to promote soldiers at this level. However, it is customary for the chiefs to meet with other top generals informally before making their choices.

The 12 promoted officers would make up a sizable portion of the team that the new commander would take over in November, making the most recent promotions one of Gen. Bajwa’s most important decisions made prior to his departure. The posting of the promoted officers, which GHQ would shortly complete, would now be the focus of all attention. A number of significant posts are presently open.

Immediately following his appointment in 2016, Gen. Bajwa had the chance to elevate seven major generals, which aided in the formation of his own team. Due to the elevation of two officers to four star levels and the resignation of four other officers after being replaced, the seven slots had at that time become vacant.

Gen Inam Haider Malik served as the director general of works and chief engineer, Gen Fayyaz Hussain Shah as the director general of doctrine and evaluation at Training and Evaluation Branch, Gen Ahsan Gulrez as the director general of military training at Training and Evaluation Branch, Gen Mohammad Zafar Iqbal as the officiating commander of the Army Air Defense Command, Gen Syed Aamer Raza as the chairman of HIT, Gen Shahid Imtiaz as the commandant of

A couple of the recently promoted officers had collaborated closely with Gen. Bajwa. These officers include DG ISPR Gen Babar Iftikhar, DG Perspective Planning Cell Gen Ayman Bilal Safdar, and Vice Chief of General Staff-A Gen Nauman Zikriya.

In this experiment, over 20 prominent generals were replaced, but aside from a few, there weren’t many notable shocks.


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