General Asim Munir has what is arguably the most powerful position in the country after he took charge of Pakistan’s nuclear-armed military last week.

The 57-year-old former spy chief can now hold significant sway over the country’s internal and external affairs.

Munir has taken over at a time when Pakistan faces multiple crises: a voluble opposition demanding immediate elections, an economic meltdown, and historic floods

Lahore-based political analyst Majid Nizami says Munir’s term will be closely watched after what his predecessor Qamar Javed Bajwa said in his farewell speech last month.

Addressing the army’s top brass, Bajwa said the military has decided to no longer meddle in political matters, because such interventions would be unconstitutional.

The first challenge for him is to manage the perception about army regarding its involvement in politics. This is the first thing he must go after and rectify.

Islamabad-based foreign policy analyst Mohammed Faisal thinks Munir must find a way to balance “competing pressures” from Beijing and Washington.