Four in race to be next Pakistan army chief, General Raheel Sharif to step down by end of tenure: Report

Lt. Gen. Ramday is considered among the front-runners, in part because his family has been associated with Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) party for many years.

By: ANI | London | Updated: November 4, 2016 8:17 pm
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The military high command in Pakistan has forwarded the dossiers of four main contenders for the post of army chief, once incumbent General Raheel Sharif superannuates at the end of this month. The dossiers have been forwarded to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. According to the London-based The Nation newspaper, the contenders for the post are Lieutenant General Javed Iqbal Ramday, commander of XXXI Corps, who led a 2009 operation to drive the Pakistani Taliban militant movement from Swat Valley near the Afghan border, Lieutenant General Zubair Hayat, Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad, commanding officer in the eastern city of Multan, and Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who heads the army’s Training and Evaluation Wing.

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Lt. Gen. Ramday is considered among the front-runners, in part because his family has been associated with Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN) party for many years. He is also seen by some security officials as being popular with General Sharif.

“He’s perhaps as liked by Raheel Sharif as he is by Nawaz Sharif,” said a senior security official based in Islamabad, who declining to be named.

However, neither the prime minister nor General Sharif has commented publicly on his chances of becoming the next Chief of Army Staff.

Lt. Gen. Hayat oversees intelligence and operational affairs at the General Headquarters. He has also headed the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), which is responsible for Pakistan’s nuclear program.

Lt. Gen. Ahmad has extensive experience with military operations, especially against Pakistan’s Taliban insurgency, and was previously the Director General Military Operations.

Meanwhile, according to The Nation, the United States has avoided comment on the issue, saying that it is for the Pakistan government to take.

General Raheel Sharif has said that he will step down when his tenure ends in November.

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  1. I
    Nov 4, 2016 at 4:28 pm
    Forgot the 13 mini India countries in the list
    1. G
      Nov 4, 2016 at 3:07 pm
      A question at the Interview for selection: lt;br/gt;What will be your policy towards India?lt;br/gt;Answer: I will continue with cross border terrorism, India will be focus of all my decisions, and I will support all infiltrators who wants to do Jihad in India. lt;br/gt;What are your plans about stan?lt;br/gt;With all my energies focused against India, there will be no need to anything else. lt;br/gt;Selection Committee: Great answers. You are selected. No more questions.
      1. J
        John Joseph
        Nov 4, 2016 at 7:29 pm
        If 600 million picss in the direction of stan there will floods in stan. So stay with in your limits Mr Porki Sunni.
        1. S
          Surgical specialist
          Nov 4, 2016 at 4:31 pm
          I think indians forgotten The emabarrasment of surgical strikes
          1. D
            Nov 4, 2016 at 7:27 pm
            Each and every one is Punjabi Sunni Muslim. This is the real face of Muslims. Sunni Muslims are all terrorists.
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