Pak to appoint new army chief within ten days

The present government has been under pressure?to rename the successor of General Raheel to end uncertainty amidst domestic and security challenges. Photograph:( AFP )

Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Oct 22, 2016, 08.29 AM (IST)

A new army chief will be appointed by the Pakistan government within 10 days to replace incumbent General Raheel Sharif, a senior minister has been quoted as saying by Indian news agency PTI. 


"The government has not yet decided [as to who will be the new army chief] but is likely to announce his name in week or ten days' time," Associated Press of Pakistan quoted state minister for Capital Administration Tariq Fazl Chaudhry as saying.


General Raheel, who is poised to retire by November end, set to  had announced several months ago that he will not seek a second term unlike his predecessor General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani. 


It is prerogative of the Prime Minister to appoint the new army chief under the law.  The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been under pressure to name General Raheel's successor  to end uncertainty amids domestic and external security challenges.


While outgoing army chief can give his advice, Sharif's powers are absolute in this regard. 


(WION with inputs from PTI)