JK News Today
New Delhi, November 22
Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, currently serving as Multan Corps commander and a key player in counter-terrorism operations, is expected to be named the next Pakistan Army chief, according to Dawn newspaper of Pakistan .
With the current chief, Gen Raheel Sharif, set to retire on November 29, the process has begun for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to choose his successor. Ahmed is reported to be among the four senior-most generals who were being considered for the post.
The Dawn quoted unnamed aides of the prime minister as saying that Sharif had already made up his mind about the next army chief but he has kept his cards close to his chest.
“Though the prime minister is the only person who definitely knows who the next army chief will be, the word in political circles is that Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem (Ahmed), who is currently serving as Multan corps commander, will be named the army chief,” the report said.
Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, belongs to the Azad Kashmir Regiment, had previously served as Chief of General Staff. He was appointed to that post by Gen Sharif. Earlier Ahmed had drawn up the blueprint for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the army’s campaign against terrorism, during his stint as director general of military operations (DMGO).
The report added that Lt Gen Zubair Mehmood is likely to be appointed chairman of the joint chiefs of staff committee.