Process to appoint army chief, CJCSC has kicked off: Khawaja Asif

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif announced on Monday that the process to appoint the Chief of the Army and the Chairman of the Joint chiefs of staff committee (CJCSC) has kicked off.

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“The process of appointing [officials] to the highest positions in Pakistan’s army has begun today. God willing, the appointments will be made soon as per the constitutional requirements,” the minister said in a tweet.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad separately after a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Asif brushed aside reports of an impasse over the name of the new army chief.

The Minister of Defence stated that PML-N was consulting with its allies on the appointment to the coveted position, and there was no pressure on the government to appoint the head of the army.

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The senior minister also said that the process for appointing the chief of the army would be completed by November 25 and that the summary would be tabled within a day or two.

“Once we receive the summary, we will discuss the names, which will likely be five or six top officers,” Asif added.

He added that the summary had yet to reach the Office of the Prime Minister.

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