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Naval Chief Admiral Sandhila to be relieved from duties on Oct 7

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Admiral Asif Sandhila will be completing his tenure on October 7, while consultation is ongoing between the government and the military, pertaining to the appointment of the new Naval Chief, ARY News reported.

Admiral Asif Sandhila is the nineteenth Chief of the Pakistan Navy, who will be relieved from his duties on October 7. Sources told that the names of three officials of the Pakistan Navy are under consideration for the post of the Naval Chief. These officials are Vice Admiral Zakaullah, Vice Admiral Hasham bin Siddique and Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi.

Vice Admiral Zakaullah is the senior most official of the Pakistan Navy, Vice Admiral Hasham bin Siddique is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, whereas Vice Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi is performing the duties of the Commander Pakistan Fleet.

Sources further told that the name of Vice Admiral Syed Arif al-Hussaini can also not be neglected in this regard, who is currently serving as the Commander Karachi.

Moreover, it was said that the appointment of the new Naval Chief is at the discretion of the Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif.

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