General Asim Munir will replace General Qamar Javed Bajwa, whose six-year term ends on November 29 . Munir is now a quartermaster general at the army headquarters, where he supervises all military forces .
On Twitter, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb announced that he would name General Asim Munir as Pakistan's next army chief, a development that may deepen the country's political crisis and exacerbate former premier Imran Khan's high-stakes confrontation with the powerful military.Munir will replace General Qamar Javed Bajwa, whose six-year term ends on November 29, according to Defense Minister Khawaja Asif.Asif said he doesnt expect any delays, and the president's approval would come later Thursday.Nevertheless, Khan, who had dismissed Munir as the head of the military's elite spy division, the Inter-Services Intelligence, within eight months of his appointment, is likely to face a setback.He has also served as a commander in the military intelligence corps, in addition to ISI.He has served under Bajwas direct command in the often troubled northern areas that border Afghanistan, China, and India.The appointment of Pakistan's army chief is scrutinized closely because the body wields a significant amount of power over the country's affairs, especially in its foreign and defense policy.The army has direct ruled the nuclear-armed country for about half of its history, beginning in 1947.This time, the announcement has attracted even more attention as tensions between the military and Khan increase.Sharif has been charged by the former president with conspiring with the US to push him out of office in April by way of a no-confidence vote. Sharif and a key general from the military's spy branch have been accused of being behind a shooting attack on him earlier this month that injured him in the leg.Khan has been leading his supporters in large rallies and marches demanding that Sharif hold snap elections, which he is hopeful of winning after the success he has achieved in recent by-elections.According to Kamran Bokhari, director of strategic research at the Washington-based New Lines Institution for Strategic & Policy, Khan's new army chief should be named by the new administration, giving him a chance at making the crucial appointment.The KSE-100 Index increased 0.3 percent to 42,994.2.Pakistan's 7.375% 2031 dollar bond was up 0.2 cents to trade at 32.6 cents on the dollar, according to Adnan Khan, head of international sales at Intermarket Securities Ltd. in Karachi. The army chief prevailed eventually, but the incident sowed the seeds for Khan's ouster about six months later.The new military chief will also have to grapple with a resurgent debate on the significance of the organization in the nation, which has a tradition of civilian rulers being overthrown by the army.