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A Change of Command and Political Contestation in Pakistan

The Pakistani military is getting new leadership amid political turmoil centred around former Prime Minister Imran Khan, who refuses to accept the current government as legitimate.

The generals promise not to get involved, but if the dispute turns violent, they may feel compelled to intervene.

  • Samina Ahmed
  • ICG

On 29 November, Syed Asim Munir took over as chief of army staff, the senior-most post in the Pakistani military, ending General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s six-year tenure (2016-2022).

Munir has assumed command of the army, the country’s most powerful institution, at a time of mounting economic challenges, resurging Islamist militancy and…

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