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Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif picks General Asim Munir as new Pak army chief

New Delhi. The new army chief has been announced in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has chosen Lieutenant General Asim Munir as the new army chief in place of the current General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Bajwa, 61, is due to retire on November 29 after an extension of three years. He has denied seeking another extension.

Announcing this on Twitter, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said that the Prime Minister made the election using his constitutional authority.

He further said that Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza was elected as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. According to Dawn News, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is an inter-services forum, which works for coordination among the three armed forces. The CJCSC also serves as the principal military advisor to the Prime Minister and the National Command Authority.

He said that a proposal for this was sent to President Arif Alvi. Speaking to the media minutes after the announcement was made, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said that the matter was decided as per the law and the Constitution and called upon the Defense Minister to refrain from looking at the nation through political prism. He hoped that the President would not make the appointments controversial and would support the Prime Minister’s advice.

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