Nuclear-Armed Pakistan Appoints New Army Chief, Chief Justice

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Nuclear-Armed Pakistan Appoints New Army Chief, Chief Justice

Ending all media speculations, Pakistan named Lieutenant General Raheel Sharif as the country’s new army chief. Prime minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Lt. Gen Raheel Sharif as the Chief of Army Staff and Lt. Gen Rashad Mahmood as the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee. According to the Ministry of Defense, Lt. General Sharif and Lt. General Mahmood will take charge of their respective positions on Thursday, Nov.28. Nawaz Sharif sent a summary to the president, requesting him to approve the appointment of two generals. President Mamnoon Hussain approved the appointments.

General Raheel Sharif replaces Ashfaq Kiyani

General Raheel Sharif will replace General Ashfaq Kayani, who has been at the helm for the past six years. In July 2010, the PPP-led government granted General Kayani an extension amid the war on terror. The position of army chief is the most powerful post in the country. Selection of Lt General Raheel Sharif for the post indicates that Lt Gen Haroon Aslam, the current Chief of Logistic Staff and frontrunner for the top job, was ignored, reports the leading Pakistani daily Dawn.