Pakistan chooses previous spy master Gen. Asim Munir as new military head
(MENAFN) Pakistan’s Premier Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday picked Lt. Gen. Asim Munir to replace outgoing Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as new head of the nation’s all-powerful army.
The chief of the army is debatably the most influential person in Pakistan — with the military having led the nation for about half of its 75-year history since freedom from Britain — and has extensive powers even under citizen governments.
Munir, who is now quartermaster general in the Pakistan army, will likely take control of the world’s sixth-largest defense force by troop figures in a formal handover on Tuesday after Bajwa steps down.
Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza has been chosen chairman of the joint heads of staff committee.
“The Prime Minister of Pakistan Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has decided to appoint Lt. Gen.
Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir as the Chief of the Army Staff using his constitutional authority,” the information minister shared on Twitter.
“A summary of this has been sent to the President of Pakistan.”
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