The outgoing Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa is due to retire in November 2020. The question of who will be the next Army Chief of Pakistan is a matter of great interest and speculation. As the current Chief of Army Staff, General Bajwa has been credited with restoring the country’s security and stability after years of turmoil. Now, the search is on for a suitable replacement.
The new Army Chief of Pakistan will be appointed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, with the approval of the President. According to the Pakistan Constitution, the Prime Minister shall appoint the Army Chief after consulting the Chief of Army Staff and the Defence Minister.
The new Chief of Army Staff will be tasked with continuing the legacy of General Bajwa, who is credited with restoring the country’s security and stability through the implementation of counter-terrorism operations, the elimination of militant groups, the strengthening of the armed forces, and the promotion of regional stability.
Search for Next Army Chief
The search for the next Army Chief of Pakistan is underway, with potential candidates being considered from the ranks of the Pakistan Army. The list of potential candidates includes Lt. Gen. Muhammad Aamer, Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Lt. Gen. Nadeem Raza, Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Sattar, Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz, Lt. Gen. Moazzam Ejaz, Lt. Gen. Sarfraz Ali Khan, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal and Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa.
The new Army Chief will be required to maintain the peace and security of the country, as well as continue to work towards the government’s policy goals. The new Chief of Army Staff will also be expected to continue to strengthen the armed forces, promote regional stability, and ensure the security of the country.
The new Army Chief of Pakistan will be appointed in November 2020, and will be tasked with continuing the legacy of the outgoing Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa. The search for a suitable candidate is underway, with potential candidates being considered from the ranks of the Pakistan Army. The new Army Chief will be required to maintain the peace and security of the country, as well as continue to work towards the government’s policy goals.
Today, Pakistani military Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s tenure comes to an end. As he steps down, the question arises – who will be the next COAS of Pakistan?
Pakistan’s military authorities are already searching for an individual suitable to lead the state. Announced through a press release, the Army Chief’s appointment is chosen carefully by the Prime Minister and the President. This decision will be based on many criteria and the most desirable candidate will be selected through a systematic and thorough process.
The top contenders for the post are currently Maj General Wajahat Hussain, Maj Gen Ahsan Ghalib and Maj Gen Qazi Ikramul Haq. Although the new Army Chief has not yet been declared, many analysts consider Ghalib and Haq as the top candidates, owing to their extended experience and knowledge.
Ghalib, it is said, possesses significant experience in leading operations and holding important positions in the army. He also has foreign relations expertise and was an experienced Director of Military Operations when Lt. Gen Bajwa was appointed. Possessing a variety of professional abilities, Maj Gen Ghalib is eager to step into the shoes of his predecessor and take on the responsibilities of the post.
On the other hand, Maj Gen Haq can be considered Pakistan’s pioneer in Cyber-Security. With his expertise in the world of technology, he is the perfect candidtate to lead the country’s security measures against malicious cyber-attacks. Noticeably, Maj Gen Haq was the longest serving Director General of the Pakistan Army Strategic Forces Command. This experience, amidst his knowledge in the field of technology, could be the perfect combination for a new COAS.
Although it is too early to assume who will be the next COAS, Maj Gen Ghalib and Maj Gen Haq are currently leading the race. It is expected that the Prime Minister and the President will shortlist a who will take on the mantle and lead the country’s forces.
Whomever gets the post, the future COAS will have the challenging task of following the footsteps of General Bajwa, who earned praise and admiration during his tenure. With the utmost dedication and hard work, only time will tell who will be the next Army Chief of Pakistan.