Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has announced that the new Chief of Army Staff will be appointed in a few days.
Rana Sanaullah said in a statement that the announcement of the new COAS appointment will be made at any time. He said that consultations should be held with all Party members regarding the key appointment and a decision will be announced in the coming days.
Rana Sanaullah said that prime minister Shehbaz Sharif will decide on the appointment of the new Army Chief as it is his authority. The interior minister added that such decisions are always taken with consultations.
He further said that three or four senior Army Generals have not met any political personality. The interior minister was of the view that the tradition of COAS extension should be ended. Already List of Six Generals has been forwarded from GHQ to Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif regarding the appointment of new COAS.
Earlier, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif confirmed on Friday that consultations were held on the Chief of Army Staff appointment in the meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif.
Khawaja Asif reacted to the speculations in the media regarding the army chief’s appointment. He said on Twitter that speculations were being made that the decision of the COAS appointment was taken in the Nawaz-Shehbaz meeting in London. He confirmed that consultations were held on the COAS appointment, however, the decision was not taken yet.
Defence Minister Khwaja Asif said that the decision for the COAS appointment would be taken after consultation under the constitutional process.
In October, PM Shehbaz Sharif had said he was ready for talks with the former premier and PTI chairman Imran Khan but ruled out a consultation on the appointment of the COAS. Remember that COAS General Bajwa going to retire on 29 November 2022.