Pakistan: Lt Gen Asim Munir appointed new Army chief

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday chose Lt Gen Asim Munir as the new Army chief to succeed incumbent General Qamar Javed Bajwa, ending the suspense over the key appointment. 
Bajwa, 61, is scheduled to retire on November 29 after a three-year extension. He has ruled out seeking another extension. 

Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza had been picked as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).   

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb made the announcement on Twitter. 

The CJCSC is the highest authority in the hierarchy of the armed forces but the key powers including mobilization of troops, appointments, and transfers lie with the COAS which makes the person holding the post the most powerful in the military. 

The powerful Army, which has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its 75-plus years of existence, has hitherto wielded considerable power in matters of security and foreign policy. 

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