Pak parleys: Senior most officer to be new Army chief
London: After meetings between Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif here, it has been decided to appoint the military’s senior-most officer as the next army chief, Geo News reported on Saturday.
The decision was taken during a meeting on Friday of the PML-N leadership, with Nawaz Sharif, Vice President Maryam Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif taking part in the discussions, the media said.
Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa is set to retire on November 29, and the PML-N — the major stakeholder in the ruling coalition — has resolved to appoint the senior-most officer whose name is at the top in the list that would be sent to the government, Geo reported.
Following his fourth and two-hour-long meeting with Nawaz, Shehbaz told journalists that the army chief’s appointment was a constitutional matter and would be decided in line with the Constitution.
Apart from the crucial matter of the army chief’s appointment, the high-level huddle took important decisions in London and the PML-N will later take the coalition partners into confidence over them, the report said.
Shahbaz arrived in the British capital after concluding a two-day visit to Egypt, where he attended the COP27 summit. (UNI)