Need to be careful, says Bikram Singh on new Pakistan Army Chief

Gen (retd) Singh described Lt Gen Bajwa as a "thorough professional" who gave an "outstanding performance" under him in Congo but said things change once an officer goes back to his home country.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 27, 2016 9:17 am
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Former Army Chief Bikram Singh, under whom the new Pakistan Army Chief Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has served on a UN assignment, on Saturday night said India should be “careful” and watchful with regard to his approach. Gen (retd) Singh described Lt Gen Bajwa as a “thorough professional” who gave an “outstanding performance” under him in Congo but said things change once an officer goes back to his home country.

“There might be great bonhomie when the goal is world peace under UN mandate but things change once you go back to your country. This is because your national interest comes first,” Gen Singh told reporters. He said India should wait and watch and be “careful”. Asked if he sees any drastic change in Pakistani military policy once Lt Gen Bajwa takes over succeeding Gen Raheel Shareef who retires on November 30, he said, “I do not see any change”.

Gen Singh hoped that Lt Gen Bajwa will continue to consider homegrown extremism as a greater threat than India as he has publicly said. The new Pakistan Army chief has wide experience of LoC affairs due to his extensive involvement with PoK and Northern Areas. “He has served in all these areas (bordering India) and knows pretty well what kind of terrain and conditions exist on both sides.

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  1. L
    Nov 27, 2016 at 7:58 am
    stan had 4 D!CKTRAITORS
    1. U
      Nov 30, 2016 at 12:14 pm
      the porki piglets india cant do jack sh*t to, shows how weak india is,lt;br/gt;indian solideers dieing on weekly basies u cant even do anything to a so called "terrorist" nation hahaha. WEAK
      1. G
        Gruham Bendakaluru
        Nov 28, 2016 at 3:07 pm
        It's the half p3nis piglets who are multiplying in India, and exhausting the resources while being traitors to their host country.
        1. G
          Gruham Bendakaluru
          Nov 28, 2016 at 3:08 pm
          Porki piglets think so.
          1. S
            Nov 27, 2016 at 6:00 am
            Change of guard does not mean policy change.May be under the new COAS there might be some peace sound bytes but with stan which has several state and non state actors,any group can wreck a peace;br/gt;Unless the stani Civilian and the Armed Force are on the same page that what the subcontinent needs is not redrawing of boundaries but Trade,Jobs,Fight against malnutrition,Poverty and growth.
            1. K
              Nov 27, 2016 at 5:40 am
              Make our subcontinent a better place for all of us.
              1. S
                Nov 27, 2016 at 5:38 am
                We can't expect anything other than terrorism fom PAK
                1. M
                  Nov 27, 2016 at 8:19 am
                  Just follow the golden rule- never trust a stani 'sharia imposer ' as they are no less than isis. Stay safe, stay away from stan. stan has the most brutal and weird regime and has always been barbaric. Only terrorist minded generals get appointed as army chief of stan. This new man must have had a past which has shown the extent of cruelty that he is capable of. Else, he would have been disqualified to be what he is today.
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