A special ceremony was held on Friday at the Joint Staff Headquarters in Rawalpindi to bid farewell to General Nadeem Raza, the outgoing Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
He will e retiring on November 26, 2022 (tomorrow) after 41 years of an illustrious military service, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) reported.
The ceremony was attended by ex-chairman JCSC and senior officers of the tri-services.
The military’s media wing further stated that while addressing the members at the ceremony, General Raza thanked the Almighty for enabling him to discharge his duties to the best of his abilities, with honesty, justice and dignity. He also applauded the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces in defending the motherland.
He reiterated that the defence of the country is impregnable, and gallant soldiers will not hesitate in making it even more formidable.
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The ISPR also stated that a smartly turned out tri-services contingent presented the guard of honour to the outgoing CJCSC on arrival at the venue, adding that Gen Raza reviewed the guard of honour and the march past.
Lt-Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza will replace Gen Raza as the CJCSC.
A day earlier, President Dr Arif Alvi approved a summary sent by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for the appointment of Lt-Gen Syed Asim Munir as the next army chief and Lt-Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza as the new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
Lt Gen Mirza was the second on the seniority list. He was Corps Commander Rawalpindi, and has also served as the chief of general staff (CGS) – a key position most army chiefs held in the past. The CGS is known as the de facto army chief since he heads both the operational and intelligence directorates. In simple words, every file in the army goes through the CGS table.
Previously, he served as the director General Military Operations (DGMO).