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Who will be Pakistan’s next Army Chief and Joint Chief of the military​


January 27, 2022

General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistan’s Army head, and Joint Chief General Nadeem Raza is set to retire in November. Imran Khan’s PTI-led government will have to choose the next Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC). While the Pandits have begun discussing the future of the country’s most powerful seat after Prime Minister Khan stated that he has not yet decided on any extension for General Bajwa.
The possible looking at the existing Corp Commanders can help us see some of the seniors and prospective contenders for the positions of COAS and CJCSC.


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Lt Gen. Sehr Shamshad Mirza

After the Army Chief and Joint Chiefs of Staff, he is the most senior lieutenant General. He is an officer of the Pakistan Army’s Sindh Regiment. So far, General Mirza has had a distinguished career. Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza is now serving as the X Corps’ Commander in Rawalpindi.

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He was previously the Chief of General Staff at the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters. Prior to his CGS assignment, he served as Adjutant General. Vice Chief of General Staff (A), Director General Military Operations, and General Officer Commanding at Dera Ismail Khan were among his previous positions. He led the 40th Infantry Division throughout his time at Military Operations.

Lt. Gen Azhar Abbas

General Abbas is the army’s 35th Chief of General Staff. After the army chief, the CGS is regarded as the most powerful position inside the army. The Directorates of Military Operations and Military Intelligence are responsible for operational and intelligence affairs at General Headquarters under the command of the CGS.

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Abbas was commissioned into the Baloch Regiment’s 41st Battalion. He formerly held the positions of Commandant School of Infantry and Tactics in Quetta, Division Commander in Murre, Brigade Commander in the Operations Directorate, and Personal Secretary to General Raheel Sharif, the former Chief of Army Staff. Interestingly, five CGS have been named CJCSC thus far.

Lt. Gen Nouman Mahmood Raja

He is President of the National Defence University in Islamabad. He was previously the Corp Commander of Peshawar. In On 1987, General Raja was commissioned into an Infantry Battalion. He attended the Command and Staff College in Quetta, Egypt, as well as the Command and Staff College in Cairo and the National Defence University in Islamabad.

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Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Commanding Officer of an Infantry Regiment, Brigade Commander of two Infantry Brigades, Chief of Staff of a Corps, General Officer Commanding of an Infantry Division, Director General (Analysis), Directorate General ISI, Inspector General Communication & Information Technology Branch General Headquarters Rawalpindi, and Corps Commander of a Corps are among his various Command, Staff, and Instructional assignments.

Lt. Gen Faiz Hameed

At the moment, he is the Commander of the XI Corps in Peshawar. He served as the 24th Director-General of the Intelligence Agency ISI. He was commissioned in the Baloch Regiment. Previously, Faiz served as Adjutant General in Rawalpindi’s General Headquarters (GHQ). Also, in his military career, he was the chief of the ISI’s counter-intelligence wing.

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He was also the Chief of Staff to then-Corps Commander Rawalpindi, General Bajwa, who is currently the COAS. Only three XI Corp Commanders have ever been promoted to four-star general rank: General Sawar Khan, General Mirza Aslam Baig, and General Ahsan-ul-Haq. Gen. Faiz as DG ISI remained in limelight.

He also visited Kabul soon after the Afghan Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan. Many circles are talking about the positioning of Gen. Faiz as possible next COAS. However, only the exact time will decide the future command of the Pakistan Army.

Lt. Gen Muhammad Amir

He is currently serving as Corp Commander of the Gujranwala Corps. Before this, he served as Advocate General. As a Major General, Amir served as GOC 10 Infantry Division, Lahore.

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He also served as DG Staff at COAS Secretariat.

Lt. Gen Muhammad Chiragh Haider

He is currently serving as Corps Commander Multan, Prior to being Corp Commander Multan, Haider was serving as DG Joint Staff Headquarters.

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Previously, he also undertook responsibilities as DG Military training and GOC Infantry Division Jhelum.

Lt. Gen Nadeem Anjum
He is serving as the Director-General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI). He was commissioned in the 28th Punjab Regiment of infantry.


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He has also served as Inspector-General of the Frontier Corps, Brigadier Commander Waziristan, and Kurram Agency. Anjum also served as Corp Commander of V Corps at Karachi.

The Army contenders for the future COAS are promoted by name through the outgoing Chief of Army Staff, from whom the Prime Minister selects the new COAS and CJCSC, according to protocol. Now it’s up to Prime Minister Imran Khan to decide whether to stick to the seniority list or choose any senior official from the list who meets his criteria.
 

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The best option would be gen nauman, a highly learned and intellectual person. Second best would be gen nadeem anjum. But looking at how this incompetent moron of a PM operates, he may give another extension or select gen faiz hameed, both of which will be very bad for the army.
 

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The best option would be gen nauman, a highly learned and intellectual person. Second best would be gen nadeem anjum. But looking at how this incompetent moron of a PM operates, he may give another extension or select gen faiz hameed, both of which will be very bad for the army.
IK will nominate Faiz Hamid out of the blue and beg him to make him PM - wait and watc...

In the end Faiz would play everyone and become a powerful figure...
He is a politician or an intelligence guy not capable of leading Pak army

What's the reason for putting Nauman as your it first choice?
 

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IK will nominate Faiz Hamid out of the blue and beg him to make him PM - wait and watc...

In the end Faiz would play everyone and become a powerful figure...
He is a politician or an intelligence guy not capable of leading Pak army

What's the reason for putting Nauman as your it first choice?
Thatis what probably will happen. Faiz hameed will stab IK too and once again prove that IK is a moron. Hameed is fond of pomp and show and politics, all bad for army. Gen nauman i think is best because he has a very diverse experience and is someone that works silently and behind the curtains without noise. He is also a researcher and intellectual person,fond of studying and reading. He seems to be a very wise person.
 

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Lets first hope that Bajwa isn't shameless enough to force another extension.

Lets then hope IK isn't shameless enough to bring in Faiz Hameed just for his own selfish reasons.

After that, any of the senior non politicised / aligned Lt Generals would do.

Shame has long left our public servants.

Anyone who can beat TTP and BLA

My support is for that guy. Rest I don't care

That would mean anyone who can raise the cost for India --- directly targeting these groups without deterring the support they receive (in order to survive/thrive) is a useless, self-destructive policy.
 

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That would mean anyone who can raise the cost for India --- directly targeting these groups without deterring the support they receive (in order to survive/thrive) is a useless, self-destructive policy.

Humm

But this policy is surely not goin to change under this current regime

May be in future someone might change it. For now we have Imran Khan's fancy speeches on Kashmir and India's Nazism as a counter
 

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Humm

But this policy is surely not goin to change under this current regime

May be in future someone might change it. For now we have Imran Khan's fancy speeches on Kashmir and India's Nazism as a counter

You're right. But nor is any other regime capable or willing to do anything about it.

Such impetus comes from the GHQ --- and that's where it's lacking. When your generals become doves, it's time to start soul searching.
 

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You're right. But nor is any other regime capable or willing to do anything about it.

Such impetus comes from the GHQ --- and that's where it's lacking. When your generals become doves, it's time to start soul searching.

Can't argue on the bold part. A general should be the last person talking about peace

We have dozens of diplomats for that
 

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