According to details, the following four names have been sent to the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi; Vice Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbas, Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini, Vice Admiral Waseem Akram and Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat. Admiral Zakaullah will hang his boots on October 8. On Prime Minister’s recommendation, President of Pakistan will give the approval for naval chief.
On basis of seniority, Vice Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, who is also the current chief of staff, is on the top on seniority list. He got commission in Pakistan Navy in 1981. He also received sword of honor at Pakistan Naval Academy. He studied at Britain’s Royal Naval College.
He was appointed as Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Commander Surface Ships and DG Pakistan Maritime Security Agency at different points during his career.
Second on the seniority list is Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussain, who is also the deputy chief of operations. He also got commission in 1981. He took higher education from Britain. He also commanded surface ships and mine warfare squadrons.
Vice admiral Waseem Akram is third on the list of seniority, while Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat is ranked fourth. Both these officers took commission in 1982. They are appointed deputy chief of training and evaluation and commander Pakistan fleet respectively.