Who is Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad, PM Shehbaz’s pick for new CJCSC?
The Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday picked Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad as the new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) to replace incumbent General Nadeem Raza.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee is an inter-services forum that acts as a liaison between the three armed forces. The Chairman JCSC also serves as the Prime Minister’s military advisor and National Command Authority.
Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad Mirza is the most senior among the four candidates from the same batch and belongs to the Sindh Regiment which is the parent unit of the incumbent Chairman JCSC Nadeem Raza.
Lt Gen Sahir Shamshad has had an impressive career in the Pakistan Army and has held key positions over the past seven years.
He began to gain attention as Director General Military Operations (DGMO) in the last two years of the then COAS General Raheel Sharif’s tenure. In this capacity, he was part of General Raheel Sharif’s core team at GHQ that oversaw operations against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in North Waziristan and also served in the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG).
QCG was the group consisting of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the United States that played the role of mediation in the inter-Afghan negotiations.
Apart from this, Lieutenant General Sahir Shamshad was also a part of the committee formed for reforms in Gilgit-Baltistan under the leadership of Sartaj Aziz.
After becoming a lieutenant general, he was appointed Chief of General Staff, which meant that he became the second most powerful figure in the army after the Chief of Army Staff.
He was involved in important decision-making related to foreign affairs and national security.
He was also with former PTI’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the strategic talk held with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in 2021.
In October 2021, he was posted as Corps Commander Rawalpindi to gain operational experience that qualified him for the most important posts in the Pakistan Army.