ISLAMABAD: In a major development, President Dr Arif Alvi Thursday gave a nod to the appointment of Lieutenant General Asim Munir as the next chief of army staff of Pakistan while Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been appointed as the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
Following a meeting with PTI Chairman Imran Khan, President Alvi signed the summary sent earlier today by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif marking an end to the uncertainty surrounding the key appointment.
Lt Gen Munir, who was also Pakistan’s chief spy, will take over from outgoing COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa on November 29, who retires on the same day after a six-year term.
COAS Gen Bajwa, who was appointed as the army chief in 2016, will retire on November 29. He was initially set to hang up his boots in 2019, but the PTI-led government gave him a three-year extension.
Meanwhile, Lt General Shamshad will assume charge as joint chiefs of staff committee on November 27 as General Nadeem Raza will retire before Gen Bajwa.
Following the decision, the security staff of the COAS and CJCSC designate arrived at the President’s House ahead of the important meeting of with Alvi.