ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has approved the name of Lt General Syed Asim Munir as new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza as new Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) of Pakistan Army. The advices have been forwarded to the President of Pakistan for the signature.
This was disclosed by Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Minister of Information Marriyum Aurangzeb here on Thursday. Khawaja Asif said before the media, “Prime Minister picked two names top of the list sent by the General Headquarter yesterday.”
Yesterday, GHQ of Pakistan Army through a tweet confirmed that a summary for the selection of CJCSC and COAS had been forwarded to the Prime Minister office on Tuesday.
The Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) tweet had said, “GHQ has forwarded the summary for selection of CJCSC and COAS, containing names of 6 senior most Lt Gens to MoD.”
The ISPR statement didn’t mention the names of potential candidates. However, the list includes names of Lt General Asim Munir, Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Lt General Azhar Abbas, Lt General Numan Mahmud, Lt General Faiz Hameed and Lt General Muhammad Amir.
On Thursday, after receiving the summary, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif selected two names from the list forwarded by GHQ and forwarded to the President of Pakistan Arif Alvi for signature. It is being hoped that President of Pakistan will give the final approval for the appointment of COAS and CJCSC today.
Chief Of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa is going to retire from his post on November 29, 2022.