•   Monday, 30 Jan, 2023
Khawaja Asif

Process to appoint army chief, CJCSC has begun, confirms Khawaja Asif

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Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif announced on Monday that the process of appointing the army chief and the chairman joint chiefs of staff committee (CJCSC) had begun.

"The process of appointing [officials] to Pakistan Army's highest positions has started today. God willing, the appointments will be made soon as per the constitutional requirements," the minister said in a tweet.

Speaking to the media in Islamabad separately after a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Asif ruled out reports of a deadlock over the name of the new army chief.

The defence minister said the PML-N was consulting its allies over the appointment to the coveted post, and there was no pressure on the government regarding the army chief's appointment.

The senior minister also said the process of appointing the army chief would be completed by November 25, and the summary would be moved within a day or two.

"Once we receive the summary, we will discuss the names, which will probably be five or six senior-most officers," Asif added.

He added that the summary had not yet reached the PM's Office.