Pakistan names new army commander

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 - 18:52

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Pakistan has appointed Lt Gen Raheel Sharif as its new army head - one of the country's most powerful positions.

Lt Gen Sharif replaces Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, who retires on Thursday.

The government has also named Lt Gen Rashid Mahmood as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

The two posts are seen as crucial in the battle against the Taliban and important because the army has always had a political role in Pakistan.

Correspondents say Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have carefully considered his crucial appointment of Lt Gen Sharif - who is not related to him - because the prime minister has twice had run-ins with the military during previous terms in office.


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