General Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of Pakistan, this makes him most powerful and influential individual in Pakistan’s Armed Force. The COAS of Pakistan is generally the most powerful person because he is head of the nuclear state.
COAS Bajwa himself was set to resign last year, however on 8 January 2020, the Senate of Pakistan passed the Pakistan Army (Amendment) Bill 2020, taking into consideration Bajwa’s residency augmentation as long as three years till 29 November 2022.
As it is already known that Bajwa is going to retire as COAS in November 2022, therefore suppositions are already on the ground as to who will be the next COAS of Pakistan.
Resources have reported that there are top four aspirants, the list includes Lt General Azhar Abbas, Lt General Sahir, Lt General Nauman Mahmood, and Lt General Faiz Hameed. Among these four the most favorite among public is Lt General Faiz Hameed because of his recent trip to Kabul.
Lt. General Faiz Hameed is the 24th Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence (DG-ISI) of Pakistan. He acquired footing for his visit to Kabul which started incredible interest across the district.
Subsequently, Indian news sources outlined the visit by DG ISI as a force show. They rebooted their old slanderous attack expressing that the Taliban are under Pakistani impact.
Essential to note, around then, the Taliban didn’t frame an authority government yet and DG ISI traveled to Kabul to meet his partner. Government Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry likewise guarded the visit. He said that such offbeat contacts are essential when there is a force vacuum in Afghanistan.
Pakistan, offering a boundary to Afghanistan, enjoyed to guarantee harmony and steadiness in the locale for its own security. Subsequently, the ISI Chief held key gatherings on common collaboration with his partner Najibullah.
Another reason for his popularity among public is his calm nature. While on his visit to Afghanistan a reporter inquired him about his thoughts on the future of Afhanistan.
“What do you hope is going to happen now in Afghanistan,” a reporter asked Gen Faiz.
“We are working for peace and stability in Afghanistan,” said a member of Hameed’s entourage.
“Don’t worry, everything will be okay,” the ISI chief told the reporter with a smile.
In order to become the COAS Pakistan one has to become a Corps Commander first. Faiz Hameed is a Lt. General and has also served as the head of the counterintelligence wing within ISI.
In accordance with the recent shuffle in the top brass of army, Lt General Azhar Abbas became the new chief of general staff (CGS), after inception to this post he heads both the operational and intelligence wings of the army.
Lt General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, is now heading the Rawalpindi corps that looks after the Line of Control (LoC). Previously, he was Chief general Staff.
However, nothing can be affirmed yet as the situation seems to be uncertain.