Karachi: Pakistan is about to appoint a former general as national security advisor, tightening the powerful military’s control over security policy officials said on Sunday. Lieutenant General Naseer Khan Janjua, who retired from the military this week, will be appointed NSA soon and will accompany Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on his trip to the United States next week.
“The army chief feels that Sartaj Sahib’s attention is divided,” a military source said. So it has been decided that General Janjua will be appointed the national security adviser and Sartaj Aziz can give his full attention to the foreign office.
Mr. Sharif has had rocky relations with Pakistan’s powerful military, who deposed him in a 1999 coup during a previous term as Prime Minister.A senior Minister in Sharif’s Cabinet said the army chief had pushed Gen. Janjua’s appointment “for many months,” although Mr. Nawaz had preferred to keep his own man, Mr. Aziz.
Gen. Janjua’s appointment follows cooling relations between Pakistan and India, who were due to hold talks in August but cancelled after India said it wanted to limit the scope of the talks to Pakistan’s support for militancy on Indian Territory.