Three top Generald names surface for the prestigious slot of CJCSC

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Three top Generald names surface for the prestigious slot of CJCSC

ISLAMABAD - General Zubair Mehmood Hayat the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee is set to retire on November 27 and his successor is likely to be named by the government over the next few days.

The top contenders for the office of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) are Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Director General Lt Gen Sarfraz Sattar, Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt Gen Nadeem Raza and Commander V Corps, headquartered at Karachi, Lt Gen Humayun Aziz.

The government must be, by now, mulling over the advice received from the Ministry of Defence on who should be promoted.

Unlike the intense debate over the filling of the two vacancies of four-star generals witnessed in 2013 and 2016, the race for the lone post this time is lacklustre because the government had in August announced a full second term for the incumbent Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), Gen Qamar Bajwa.

In the current hierarchy of the armed forces, the position of CJCSC is technically superior to that of the COAS with jurisdiction over all three services — army, navy and air force — but with the latter being practically more powerful than the former, there is little public interest in who gets elevated.