The Chief of the Pakistan Army General Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, has stated that he will retire at the end of November. Bajwa, whose term as Pakistan’s army chief ends on November 29, 2022, said that he will not seek another term and that he will step down in about five weeks. Sunrise informed.
Bajwa was appointed army chief by then-Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2016. In November 2019, the government of Pakistan, which was then led by Imran Khan, gave him another three years on the job.
According to Sunrise, the new Pakistan Army chief would be selected by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and appointed by President Arif Alvi on the basis of the former’s recommendation.
Who are the candidates who can succeed Qamar Javed Bajwa as the next head of the Pakistan Army? We take a look.
Lieutenant General Asim Munir
According to the Pakistan daily, Sunrise Lieutenant General Asim Munir will be the most senior of the officers when General Bajwa retires.
His four-year term as lieutenant general will end on November 27, the same day that the positions of COAS and chairman of the Committee of Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCSC) become open.
Lieutenant General Munir was appointed in October 2018 as head of ISI.
He was Pakistan’s top intelligence officer for the shortest amount of time, only eight months before Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed took over.
Before becoming the head of ISI, he served as DG of Military Intelligence.
When General Bajwa was the Commander of X Corps, Lieutenant General Munir, then a brigadier, had commanded the troops in the Force Command Northern Areas.
Sunrise reports that Lt. Gen. Munir was commander of the Gujranwala Corps for two years, before being transferred to General Headquarters (GHQ) as Quartermaster General, reports Sunrise.
Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza
According to the Pakistani daily, Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza is the leading candidate for the COAS post.
Lieutenant General Mirza will be sent to Rawalpindi Corps Commander in October 2021. He has enough experience in senior leadership positions.
He served as director general of military operations (DGMO) from September 2015 to October 2018 and as chief of staff (CGS) at GHQ from November 2019 to September 2021, it notes. The impression
As DGMO, he played a vital role in the military operation against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and ‘other militants in North Waziristan, reports Sunrise.
Lieutenant General Mirza is from the same parent unit as the outgoing CJCSC, General Nadeem Raza. This is because they are both from the Sindh Regiment. According to Sunrise sources, if not the next COAS, then Mirza can also be considered as Raza’s successor.
Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas
Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas is currently the Chief of General Staff (CGS) at GHQ.
He also has experience as an X Corps commander based in Rawalpindi, where he served from September 2019 to September 2021.
People say that X Corps is “politically important” because it is in charge of keeping the Line of Control (LoC) with India safe.
Abbas also served as the commander of the infantry school in Quetta. In addition, he was the personal staff officer of General Raheel Sharif, the head of the Pakistan Army from November 2013 to November 2016.
The impression says that he also commanded the 12th Infantry Division at Murree, worked as a brigadier in the Directorate of Operations, and was the director general of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Headquarters.
Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed
Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed has reportedly known COAS Bajwa for many years.
Belonging to the Baloch Regiment, Lt. Gen. Hameed is currently the Bahawalpur Corps Commander. Prior to that, he served as Peshawar Corps Commander since his appointment to the post in October 2021.
Reports say that Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed could also be a candidate to lead the Pakistan Army. Twitter/@AzazSyed
As a Brigadier General, Lieutenant General Hameed worked as X Corps chief of staff under General Bajwa, who was in command of the corps at the time.
In a surprise military reshuffle, Hameed was appointed Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in June 2019, a position he held until October 2021. Sunrise reports.
Previously, he had served as General Manager (Counter Intelligence) at ISI.
Lt. Gen. Hameed also has experience commanding an infantry division in Pano Aqil, Sindh, when he was a major general.
Lieutenant General Nauman Mehmood Raja
Also from the Baloch Regiment, Lieutenant General Nauman Mehmood Raja is the President of the National Defense University (NDU) since November 2021.
He led an infantry division in North Waziristan, was the Director General (Analysis) at ISI, and was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of an infantry division in Miranshah.
When he became a three-star general in 2019, he took on the role of Inspector General for Communications and Information Technology, GHQ.
He was appointed corps commander in Peshawar in December 2019 and in 2021 handed over the post to Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed.
In addition to the people listed above, Lieutenant General Mohammad Amir, who is in charge of the XXX Corps in Gujranwala, is likely to be considered for the top job in the army.