US to be taken on board: Decision on new army chief, CJCSC deferred

Dated: 2013-10-15

Washington: The matter of decision on who will be the new army chief and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) has been postponed till Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visit to US later this month.

The reason behind this delay is to take the US on board regarding these important armed forces posts, sources told Online. In this regard consultations are being carried out with the US officials.

According to sources, Lt Gen Haroon Aslam, Lt Gen Rashid Mehmood, Lt Gen Tariq Kahn, Lt Gen Rahil Sharif and Lt Gen Zaheer ul Islam are being considered for the posts.

Lt Gen Haroon Aslam and Gen Rashid Mehmood are retiring on April 9, 2014 while the remaining on October 1, 2014.

State Department sources have confirmed the developments and said that they have started collecting information of these names and it is expected that a detailed discussion would be held with the Pakistani PM during his visit to US on Oct 21 as these key Pakistan army posts are of vital importance with respect to situation in Afghanistan and war on terror.

Sources said that the PM during his visit to US also would seek guarantees that new army chief and CJCSC would not interfere in the government affairs, so as to stop the repeat of history military coups.

The agency tried to contact Federal Information Minister, Pervez Rashid for confirmation of the reports but he was not available for giving his comments.

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