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Nawaz meets Kayani; appointment of new CJCSC discussed

Updated October 04, 2013

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DawnNews reported sources as saying that during the meeting Kayani and Sharif  discussed the appointment of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
DawnNews reported sources as saying that during the meeting Kayani and Sharif discussed the appointment of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
General Lloyed Austin, Commander, CENTCOM, United States of America, during his meeting with General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC). — Photo courtesy Inter Services Public Relations
General Lloyed Austin, Commander, CENTCOM, United States of America, during his meeting with General Khalid Shameem Wynne, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC). — Photo courtesy Inter Services Public Relations
General Khalid Shameem Wynne and 
Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila Chief of the Naval Staff are seen at the inaugration ceremony.  — Photo courtesy Inter Services Public Relations
General Khalid Shameem Wynne and Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila Chief of the Naval Staff are seen at the inaugration ceremony. — Photo courtesy Inter Services Public Relations

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Friday held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, DawnNews reported.

DawnNews reported sources as saying that during the meeting the two discussed the appointment of a new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) as the incumbent joint chief Gen Khalid Shameen Wynne is set to retire on Saturday.

No successor has been named as yet because of which speculations have mounted.

The decision appears to have narrowed down between two choices; a joint chief from either the army or the navy.

If the army retains the office, the next CJCSC will most likely be Lt Gen Haroon Aslam, currently the most senior general in the army, while Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila could be the next man if the position goes to the navy.

Prior to the visit, premier Sharif and outgoing CJCSC Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne visited the Kahuta Research Laboratories located on the outskirts of the federal capital.

The prime minister was briefed over the country's nuclear and missile programs.

Sharif also reviewed the performance of the atomic plant.

Earlier during the day, General Lloyed Austin, Commander, CENTCOM, United States of America, also called on General Wynne.

The two discussed matters of mutual interests.

Also during the week, General Wynne inaugurated two newly-constructed state of the art, fully protected network centric enabled command and control centres of Naval Strategic Force Command.