Pakistan's army chief Raheel Sharif is on his way out, and if reports are to be believed, a successor has already been chosen.
The Hindustan Times reports that Lt General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, who is right now serving as the Multan Corps commander and has played a major role in anti-terrorism ops, may be named as the next army chief.
Sharif is set to retire on November 29. The new army chief, whenever the name is finalised, will take charge on the same day.
The Dawn newspaper reports that, Ahmed, who has had a 'textbook career', will be the next army chief according to the word in political circles.
Earlier, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had said that Gen Raheel will send a list of the senior most generals to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who would take the final decision.
The Hindustan Times reports that Sharif had appointed Ahmed as the Chief of General Staff. Ahmed had been part of the Azad Kashmir Regiment, and had drawn up the blueprint for Operation Zarb-e-Azb, the army's campaign against terrorism,when he was the director general of military operations.
Ahmed also featured in the shortlist of four people who were contenders which also included Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Zubair Hayat, Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday and Inspector General Training and Evaluation Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Meanwhile, Gen Raheel started his farewell visits beginning from Lahore, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement. He addressed a large gathering of soldiers of army and Rangers at Lahore Garrison.
(with PTI inputs)Suggest a correction