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Lieutenant General Asim Munir appointed as new Pakistan Army Chief

Islamabad: Pakistani President Arif Alvi said Thursday that Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif appointed Lieutenant General Saeed Asim Mounir as the next army chief and Lieutenant General Sahil Shamshad Mirza as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC). Approved the abstract sent for appointment. Days of speculation, local media reported.

The development came after the president met with Pakistan Teliku Einsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan at Zaman Park, the Express Tribune reported.

A video of the president’s caravan arriving at Khan’s Lahore residence was shared on social media by the PTI, with the two claiming to discuss the party’s plan of action ahead of their nomination to the Army’s top seat.

Arvi also held a meeting with legal experts at the president’s office and signed a summary after meeting with Khan, according to Express News.

The Department of Defense will formally issue a notice regarding the appointment of the head of the armed forces.

The new army chief and CJCSC will meet with Alvi soon, the Express Tribune reported, according to sources.

Earlier in the day, Information Minister Mariyum Aurangzeb said on Twitter that Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif had sent the summary to the president.

“Using his constitutional powers, Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif has decided to appoint Lieutenant General Sahil Shamshad Mirza as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Lieutenant General Saeed Asim Mounir as Army Chief of Staff.” she said.

Lt. Gen. Asim Mounir, Lt. Gen. Sahil Shamshad Mirza, Lt. Gen. Azhar Abbas, Lt. Gen. Numan Mahmud and Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed were vying with the CJCSC for the post of Chief of War, according to seniority.

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