Lieutenant General Syed Asim Munir is Pakistan's incoming army chief after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appointed him to the post on Thursday.
Munir, a former spymaster, takes reins of the army at a tumultuous time in Pakistan. The country is facing protracted economic and political turmoil.
Imran Khan, opposition leader and former premier, is marching on the capital demanding fresh elections. He has been openly critical of the army's role in politics since he was voted out of parliament in April.
The army chief is considered the most powerful person in Pakistan due to the Muslim-majority country's geopolitical position in Asia and security dynamics.
The nuclear-armed nation borders Afghanistan, India, Iran and China - all of great importance to regional and global powers.
The military, which also has a big economic stake in Pakistan, plays a vital role in national affairs. And who controls this highly important institution is a matter of great significance and consequence.
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