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Pakistan names former spymaster as new army chief

Pakistan names former spymaster as new army chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s government nominated on Thursday a former spymaster to be the next military chief, a position long considered the real power in the nuclear-armed Islamic nation of 220 million people.Syed Asim Munir, currently quartermaster general, will replace General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is due to retire this month after serving as Chief of Army Staff since November 2016.“The process has completed in accordance with the law and Constitution,“ Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, told reporters, adding the nomination had been sent to the president for confirmation.Pakistan’s military, the world’s sixth largest, holds undue influence over the nation and has staged three coups since independence in 1947, ruling for more than three decades.Even during periods of civilian rule, the army chief has long been considered the real kingmaker and the appointment is freighted with huge political significance.The army chief also has to handle multiple domestic security threats as well a

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