New COAS, CJCSC to be announced simultaneously


THE NEWS, ISLAMABAD, 08th OCTOBER 2013: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said his government was fully cognizant of its constitutional obligations and he will take every decision keeping the interests of the country supreme with regard to the appointment of new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).

At a meeting held for the appointment of new CJCSC, the prime minister said he had decided to announce the names for both the appointments at the same time.INP adds: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif met in Lahore on Monday and discussed the issue of appointment of the top military leadership.

According to reports, Nawaz and Shahbaz agreed that merit will prevail in appointments of the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).They observed that after the announcement of retirement by the army chief, the constitutional institutions will play their role with ease.

They further observed that the appointment of the COAS and CJCSC was a constitutional responsibility, for which all stakeholders will be consulted and key party leaders will be taken into confidence.Earlier, the government had announced that appointments on top military posts will be made on seniority basis.

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