Lieutenant generals Azhar Abbas and Sahir Shamshad Mirza may be chief contenders for the COAS slot, journalist Aijaz Ahmad said on Tuesday.
Ahmad made the comments in flagship Naya Daur TV show Khabar Say Aagay. Ahmad said he had noted how the two had been treated with great deference at a recent diplomatic event. This, he said, may indicate how the two are being considered as chief contenders for the army top slot.
Ahmad said he was the first to name Qamar Javed Bajwa as a prime candidate for the post earlier. His name was then nowhere to be seen, Ahmad said. Ashfaq Nadeem, at that time however, was being regularly cited by everybody else.
Journalist Aniq Naji said how could a government that had failed to appoint governors across provinces be expected to take bold decisions and challenge Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s narrative. He said when Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had commenced a probe into real estate mogul Malik’s Riaz’s settlement with the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had threatened to quit the governing coalition in response.
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