Meanwhile, Lt Gen Asim Munir is technically the senior-most among the top generals in the race for the post of Army Chief of Pakistan. However, soon he is set to retire, with local media reports increasingly discussing Asim Munir. According to a Dawn report- Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif may in principle find a way to appoint General Munir as the next COAS, as he has the power to promote the lieutenant-general to the rank of four-star general (Army Chief) before retirement. That is, his career can be extended for three more years.
There is a huge lack of trust between the Sharif family and the army.
An insider told Dawn on the condition of anonymity, “Mian sahab feels that he should be the senior most person, but the other side has a different point of view. In the controversies that have marked General Bajwa’s successive tenure, Nawaz is aware that he needs to strike a balance. As Dawn reported, the source said with a laugh, “Chhota Sharif will do as per the order – by whom, I don’t know.”
The source said that while Nawaz Sharif is aware of the need, the question is whether the Prime Minister will be able to handle the pressure when the summary comes. Both sides have cards to play, but Nawaz Sharif is clear that a decision will be taken when the summary comes. Several factors are being considered by the Sharif brothers, reports Dawn. One, this appointment has serious consequences. Second, there is a huge trust deficit between him and the army. Meanwhile, Imran Khan has also increased his pressure on the army chief and said that thieves and dacoits cannot appoint a new army chief.