As General Qamar Javed Bajwa prepares to retire on November 29, the Prime Minister’s Office has received the summary to choose the country’s next army head.
According to a confirmation by the Inter-Services Public Relations, the summary sent to the PM’s Office contains the names of six top military officers (ISPR).
The summary was transferred, and this was verified by the ISPR, the PM’s office, and Minister Of Defence Khawaja Asif, but the identities of the officers involved were not made public.
According to the sources, Lt. Gen. Asim Munir, Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Lt. Gen. Azhar Abbas, Lt. Gen. Nauman Mahmood, Lt. Gen. Faiz Hamid, Lt. Gen. Mohammad Aamer, and Lt. Gen. Faiz Hamid were all on the roster.
According to official reports, Lieutenant General Asim Munir, Nauman Mehmood, and Azhar Abbas are currently in the running for the position of Chief of Army Staff.
Asim Munir is the most senior among the group. Abbas is the Pakistani Army’s India expert, while Nauman Mehmood is the president of the National Defence University and a member of Baloch Regiment.
After hearing that Lt. General Asim Munir’s name was included in the summary provided to the prime minister, PTI critics are expecting he would be appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff.
Asim Munir, the former DG ISI, was ousted from his position by former prime minister Imran Khan after he alerted the PTI chairman of the suspected participation of his close aides and family members in corrupt activities, hence PML-N supporters want him to be the next army head.
Some of Imran Khan’s opponents are rejoicing over the fact that Asim Munir’s name was included in the GHQ summary, but a political pundit who is also regarded as an expert on military issues has warned that the Lt. General’s ascension to prominence might become a problem for the PML-N and its supporters.
Since Lt. General Asim Munir did not graduate from the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul, the expert claims that he is not popular among the army’s most senior officers.
According to the specialist, Asim Munir is a reserved, religious man who rarely leaves his house.
If the officer’s background is any indication, he is a good guy who wouldn’t do politicians’ bidding, he added.
According to the expert, politicians in Pakistan have made it a practise to consult the armed forces on matters of state.