GHQ sends six names for COAS, CJCSC to Ministry of Defence

DG ISPR Lt Gen Babar Iftikhar addressing a press conference. — APP/File
  • Earlier govt had refuted reports claiming PM House had received summary on COAS appointment
  • Sources say summary is ready and PM office may receive it soon.  
  • Names of six senior-most generals included in summary.

ISLAMABAD: Minutes after the government denied reports of PM Office receiving the summary for the top two slots of the military, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) announced Tuesday night that it had forwarded the names of six lieutenant generals for the selection of the army’s two top slots to the Ministry of Defence. 

“GHQ has forwarded the summary for selection of CJCSC and COAS, containing names of six senior most lt gens to Ministry of Defence,” tweeted director general of the military’s media wing Lieutenant General Babar Iftikhar. 

Govt refutes reports claiming PMO receiving summary

The ISPR’s statement came minutes after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif categorically rejected the rumours claiming that the Prime Minister’s Office has received the much-anticipated summary for the appointment of the new chief of army staff.

Taking to Twitter, Khawaja Asif said that the PM’s Office has not yet received the summary. The PMO will receive the summary at the confirmed time.”

‘Summary prepared for appointment of new COAS’

Earlier, sources had told The News that a summary has been prepared for the appointment of the new army chief and it will be received by the PM’s Office any time.

Sources said that names of six senior-most generals have been included in the summary of the army chief candidates.

The summary includes the names of Lieutenant General Asim Munir, Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Lieutenant General Azhar Abbas, Lieutenant General Nauman Mehmood, Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid and Lieutenant General Mohammad Amir as candidates for the army chief and chairman joint chiefs of staff committee post, said the well-placed sources.

Meanwhile, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb clarified that the statement attributed to Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif regarding a summary for appointing a new army chief was false.

The PMO has yet to receive the summary, she said and urged the people not to speculate about it. The people will be informed as soon as the PM’s office receives the summary, she added.

Next army chief to be appointed in 48 hours: Khawaja Asif

The much-anticipated appointment of the next army chief will be done in 48 hours, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif assured earlier today. 

Talking to Geo News, Khawaja Asif said that the defence ministry will receive a list of the senior officers from the GHQ by tomorrow, adding that the ministry is likely to move a summary in this regard to the prime minister during the next 24 hours.

Khawaja Asif has said that nominating candidates for the post of army chief is the prerogative of the General Headquarters (GHQ).

Rejecting the rumors, the minister said that there is no civil-military tension over the matter. “COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa respects Nawaz Sharif,” he added.

When asked a question about relations between Imran Khan and COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the minister said, “It is out of my jurisdiction. Imran Khan and General Qamar Javed Bajwa better know about it.”

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