ISLAMABAD: On Friday, according to sources, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif granted Lieutenant General Faiz Hamid’s request for early retirement.
Lt Gen Hamid submitted his request for early retirement to the General Headquarters on November 28. Following that, it was sent via the defense ministry to the Prime Minister’s Office for approval.
During the PTI administration, Lt Gen Hamid held the positions of DG ISI and corps commander in Peshawar. Later, he was appointed corps commander for Bahawalpur. Hamid made his declaration shortly after Lt General Azhar Abbas, the Chief of General Staff (CGS), made a comparable choice.
The six candidates suggested for the position of chief of army staff to replace General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who retired on April 1, including the two senior military leaders.
Among the six candidates proposed for the position of chief of army staff to follow General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who will retire on November 29, 2022, were the two most senior military officers. However, the PM chose General Asim Munir, who took over as head of the military that same day.