RAWALPINDI: General Nadeem Raza assumed charge of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee at General Headquarters in Rawalpindi today.
This was announced by Spokesperson of Pakistan Army Major General Asif Ghafoor through Twitter.
Gen Nadeem was appointed to the slot as four-star general Zubair Mahmood Hayat retirement was due this week.
For the post of the CJCSC, there were three contenders: Gen Nadeem, Lt Gen Sarfraz Sattar, the head of Strategic Plans Division (SPD), and Lt Gen Humayun Aziz, the Karachi Corps Commander.
In the past, the CJCSC was also picked from the navy and the air force but that practice has been discontinued long ago.
Gen Nadeem was corps commander Rawalpindi before being appointed as the Chief of General Staff at the GHQ, considered the most important position after the army chief, in August last year.
As CGS, who heads both intelligence and operational wings of the army, he worked closely with the army chief. He was commissioned in 1985 and is from infantry’s 10 Sindh Regiment. He is a graduate of Command and Staff College Quetta and the National Defence University (NDU) Islamabad.