At the behest of Imran Khan, the stature of army commander Hameed may increase, may become army chief
Faiz Hameed, who has been removed as the head of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI, has now been appointed as Peshawar Corps Commander. But Nawaz Sharif, an opponent of PM Imran Khan and three-time prime minister, has claimed that he will now be made the next army chief with the support of Imran Khan. Nawaz Sharif told the newspaper Islam Khabar that it is believed that Hameed has interference in the military and diplomatic roles. He is also fighting a battle with the political opponents of Imran Khan.
Last month, Hameed went to Kabul on a high-profile visit to facilitate a reconciliation between the Taliban and the Pakistani government. It was he who mediated the Doha Agreement of February. He ensured the appointment of Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani network, which works at the behest of the ISI, as the Home Minister. Along with this, two other Haqqanis have also been given important positions in the interim government of the Taliban.
According to Islam Khabar, when the current army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa saw Hameed doing a great job, he felt that his status was starting to compete with the army chief. However, even as the new Peshawar Corps Commander, Hameed is closely watching the developments in Kabul. Due to all this, Hameed is being considered worthy of the highest post of the army that was vacant after Bajwa. Bajwa has already got an extension and is retiring in 2022.
There are also reports that Bajwa may need further extension, but that is difficult as the panel that selects the army chief and the ISI chief will ultimately have to seek approval from Prime Minister Imran Khan. Imran would like to run his own free will in this before the general elections of 2023.
However, Hameed's appointment required a Prime Minister's Office appointment, despite the official announcement from Army Headquarters. Amidst the standoff between Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Bajwa over the appointment of the new chief of Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI, the Army has sent a list of the names of the ISI chief to PM Khan. -