Islamabad: Vice Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila
is expected to take over the next chief of the Pakistan Navy
when current incumbent Admiral Noman Bashir retires later this
Sandila would be promoted to Admiral and named the new
navy chief, Geo News channel quoted its sources as saying.
Bashir, the brother of Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir,
is scheduled to retire on October 7.
President Asif Ali Zardari, the supreme commander of the
armed forces, met Sandila, currently the Chief of Staff of the
navy, this afternoon.
Sandila joined the Pakistan Navy in 1972 and was
commissioned in the Operations Branch in 1975.
In a related development, Bashir paid a farewell call
on Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani this morning.