Giving more space to the army, Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan is planning to appoint Lieutenant General (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua as the Country's next National Security Advisor (NSA), stripping Sartaj Aziz of the charge, Dawn reported on Monday.
The report added that Sartaj is likely to retain his post as Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs.
The newspaper added that the decision in this regard was taken during a high-level meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last week.
However, a notification in this regard is expected to be issued once Sharif returns from the United States.
Janjua will be the second military official to hold the post after Major General (retd) Mehmood Durrani who was NSA during the last Pakistan People's government.
Lt Gen (retd) Janjua held the post of Southern Command Quetta before he retired earlier this month. Before that, he was president of the National Defence University, the military's higher education institute and premier think-tank on national security matters.
He also worked on 'Azm-i-Nau,' a military preparedness exercise that had a particular focus on India.