Pakistan appoints ex-spy master Gen. Munir as new army chief


              In this photo released by Pakistan's Prime Minister office, newly appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza, left, meets with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Pakistani Prime Minister has named Mirza, as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, information minister said, ending months of speculation about the new appointment. Later on Thursday President Arif Alvi endorsed the appointment and congratulated Mirza on his promotion to four-star general, according to a statement from the presidency. (Pakistan's Prime Minister Office via AP)
            
              In this photo released by Pakistan's Prime Minister office, newly appointed Army Chief, Gen. Syed Asim Munir, left, meets with Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. Pakistani Prime Minister has named Munir, the country's former spy chief, as head of the military, the information minister said, ending months of speculation about the new appointment. Later on Thursday President Arif Alvi endorsed the appointment and congratulated Munir on his promotion to four-star general, according to a statement from the presidency. (Pakistan's Prime Minister Office via AP)
            
              ADDITION CLARIFIES THAT MUNIR IS THE NEW HEAD OF THE COUNTRY'S ARMY -- A senior general of Pakistan army Lt. Gen. Syed Asim Munir attends a ceremony in Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 1, 2022. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has decided to appoint Munir, the country's former spy chief, as head of the country's army, the information minister said Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022.  Sharif sent a required notice to President Arif Alvi for formal approval.(AP Photo/W.K. Yousufzai)
            
              FILE - Pakistan's Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrives for a military parade to mark Pakistan National Day in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 23, 2022. Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is poised to appoint a new army chief after receiving a list of candidates for the key position, officials said Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. The latest move ended days of speculation about a deadlock between Sharif's coalition government and the military over the replacement of Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, who is retiring early next week. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed, File)
Pakistan appoints ex-spy master Gen. Munir as new army chief