Decision on next army chief expected within 48 hours: Asif

Islamabad (HRNW) Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday that a decision on who will be the next chief of army staff would be made public over the next 48 hours.

He said this during TV program Red Line with Talat Hussain.

During the program, Asif was asked about the status of the appointment process, to which he said that there would not be any undue delay in the process.

“I am asking for another 48 hours,” he said.

“Yesterday, we sent the letter [from the ministry to the military command]. Now, if we get the dossiers today or tomorrow, it is a matter of routine.”

He added that once they get the summary, then it is a formal move because then it has to go to the cabinet (for endorsement).

“Then the advice will go to the President, then hopefully the same day or the next day that will be sorted out,” he explained.

“The names [of the new army chief and the chairman joint chiefs of staff] will be public tomorrow or the day after,” he said.

Asif expressed confidence that a “smooth transaction” would take place in appointing the new chief.