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Pakistan army chief Kayani tipped to get new powerful job on retirement: sources

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Reuters, 4 October 2013

General Ashfaq Kayani, Pakistan's army chief to step down next month, is likely to become "head of a revamped and more powerful Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC)", the news agency reports. "One senior [Pakistani] intelligence official said [Prime Minister Nawaz] Sharif planned to overhaul the JCSC, a largely ceremonial office, into a 'central defence body' by restoring its command over the entire military establishment and giving it additional powers. 'The new JCSC chief will be in charge of the nuclear arsenal. He'll decide on action against terrorists,' said the source, adding that new powers included the right to promote, post and transfer key military officers."