Pakistan in search of new army chief

  • Pakistan in search of new army chief

Pakistan in search of new army chief

In an interview, the minister said that Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif will send a list of senior most general to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported that army chief addressed soldiers during his farewell visit to Southern Command Quetta.

Addressing the soldiers, Gen Sharif said the accomplishment of peace and stability was "no ordinary task". He added that the nation's sacrifices and joint resolve helped the country in offsetting all odds against it. Pakistani army's spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Bajwa's Monday announcement has faded away debates about a possible extension in the three year term of the army chief, who is due to retire on Nov 29.

The post of Army chief is the most powerful in Pakistan. "The new generals coming up next are all trained by Raheel Sharif", said analyst Ahmed Rashid, though he warned there would be more pressure on the civilian government to perform.

The army chief also laid a floral wreath at the monument of Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider).

Typically, the military provides the prime minister the dossiers of three or four contenders from which to choose.

Behind Hayat in rank but seen by some analysts as a favorite, is Lieutenant General Ishfaq Nadeem, commander of the important Multan corps.

With almost 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan fighting the Afghan Taliban and other militant groups, Washington is losing patience with what it calls Pakistan's failure to hunt down insurgents who launch attacks on Afghanistan from Pakistani territory.

Islamabad denies accusations it was behind the raid. He is likely to soon visit Karachi and Peshawar, the cities that saw military action under his command.