Army Chief

The retirement of the Pakistan’s most famous Army chief is just approaching, and people are anxiously waiting for the new commander of Pakistan’s armed forces. No one knows who is going to take charge of this important post.

The new army chief would be the fifth pick of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, making him a recorder holder for choosing the country’s most of the Army chief.

Earlier picks of Nawaz Sharif include:

  1. General Asif Nawaz Janjua (1991)
  2. General Waheed Kakar (1993)
  3. General Parvez Musharaf(1998)
  4. General Raheel Sharif (2013)

The authority to appoint the commander of Pakistan’s armed forces directly rests with prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Ministry of Defence recommends the names according to seniority, but the last choice of making the selection is sole with the prime minister.

Till now, media was talking about names of the four senior most army Generals, but suddenly a new addition is seen after defence minister Khwaja Asif pointed that name of Lt General Ikram-ul-Haq is also under consideration for the post of Army chief. The new announcement is indeed surprising and sudden as only four names were roaming in media. These included the  Lt General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Lt General Javed Iqbal Ramday, Lt General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lt Gen Zubair Hayat.

Here are the profiles of army generals who are more likely to command the Pakistan army in future.

Lt General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed

General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed is regarded as one of the finest soldiers of Pakistan Army. Currently, he is now serving as the Core Commander Multan. He has many accomplishments to his credit during his tenure. He commanded strike corps Mangla as Brigadier and also led successful military operation in Swat. General Ashfaq also served as the DG Military Operations

General Ashfaq Nadeem belongs to a town Nila in district Chakwal. His father Ahmed Khan Qureshi worked as an engineer in Radio Pakistan. His brother Irfan Salim Ahmed is executive director of Nanotechnology department at the University of Illinois US.

Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday

Gen Javed Iqbal worked as the Inspector General of Training and Evaluation at GHQ.He also served as the Chief Instructor and later President of the National Defence University. He also served in many important posts including the GOC Swat during the first and second battle of Sawat.

Lt General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Due to his service on important posts during his tenure, Lt General Qamar Javed Bajwa also makes an ideal choice for the office of Army Chief. At present, he is serving as the Inspector General Training and Development in GHQ. He belongs to the Baloch Regiment that has participated in operations against the terrorists and also remained appointed on LoC. This experience makes the General Bajwa an ideal choice for the command of Armed Forces as he has the expertise in working in Kashmir and Northwestern areas of Pakistan.

Lt General Zubair Hayat

Lt General Zubair Hayat is serving as the current Chief of Staff. He is the son of a retd Lt GenHe has also served as the Core Commander Bahawalpur and DG Strategic Plans Division force. He also worked on the post of Principal Staff Officer with General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani. Lt Gen Zubair Hayat’s other two brothers Lt Gen Umer Mahmood Hayat and Maj Gen Ahmad Mehmood Hayat are also working on the leading positions with later being the DG Analysis in ISI. His father was also a retd Lt General.

Appointment of Army Chief

No doubt that experience, expertise and crucial insights on the main issues of the country’s defence are the primary prerequisites that need to be an attribute of an ideal Army chief. Still, the authority to appoint is in the hands of Prime Minister, and he can also keep in view his likeness and other factors while making any decision. So, one can’t simply decide the next chief by analysing the experience and competency of a candidate as the final is only in the mind of PM.


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