Old Kashmir hand Lt General Qamar Javed Bajwa to be new Pakistan army chief

In what could also be of interest to India, Pakistani media reports suggest that Lt Gen Bajwa considers extremism a bigger threat to Pakistan than India.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Published:November 27, 2016 2:36 am
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Lt General Qamar Javed Bajwa of the Baloch regiment, currently serving as the Inspector General of Training and Evaluation in General Headquarters at Rawalpindi, will be the new Pakistan army chief. He will assume charge on Tuesday, the day General Raheel Sharif retires from service.

At a time of frequent skirmishes between India and Pakistan on the Line of Control, the selection of Lt General Bajwa, who is seen as a Kashmir expert, is significant. Lt Gen Bajwa has commanded an infantry battalion and an infantry brigade, and as major general, led the Force Command Northern Areas which is responsible for northern areas of Kashmir, including the Siachen glacier. He then went on to command 10 Corps, Pakistan’s biggest corps.
Apart from appointing Lt Gen Bajwa, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday named Lt General Zubair Hayat as the new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).

In what could also be of interest to India, Pakistani media reports suggest that Lt Gen Bajwa considers extremism a bigger threat to Pakistan than India. A senior Pakistan army officer, who served under Lt General Bajwa in 10 Corps, told The Sunday Express that the chief-designate was “not a hardliner”, rather a “simple and straight-forward general who is sensibly bold”.

Lt General Bajwa has another India connection. As a brigadier, he served with the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo as a brigade commander alongside former Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh.

Named CJCSC on Saturday, Lt Gen Hayat was believed to be in contention for the army chief post. The other two names doing the rounds were of Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday and Multan Corps Commander Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem.

Like his predecessor General Sharif, Bajwa moves to the top post after serving as Inspector General of Training and Evaluation in Rawalpindi.

General Sharif, who was chosen as army chief in 2014, will become the first Pakistan army chief in more than 20 years to step down on time. Several previous Pakistani military leaders obtained extensions of their three-year terms.

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  1. A
    Nov 27, 2016 at 2:28 am
    Can we start playing cricket again.....great games really miss them....!
    1. A
      Nov 27, 2016 at 2:23 am
      Thats not entirely true... fact no war was won by India its all Indian propa machine hard at work to satisfy the blood thirst haters. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Lets deal with each major war (leaving aside skirmishes) - 1947 - 1 million lives lost both invaded kashmir equal loss. Drawn. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1965 war - India sustained more loss in terms of machinary and human life and land. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1971 war - USA aircraft carrier parked in the Arabian sea ready to strike until it got a call from USA Diplomat (israeli descendant) explaining that Isreal and USSR was backing India and supplying weapons and USA cut off supply of weapons to stan. Most of planes lost and tanks lost also quickly replaced by USSR whereas stan weapons were not replaced. China also failed to show up. So if anything Israel won this war for India. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1990's Kargil war - stans first surgical strike on Indian terrority - yes you heard it here first. USA and Nawaz told Musharef to back off and cut the supply line. Only 100 or so soliders held up their positions for almost 7 weeks until cluster bombs via Isreal were provided to India....So this one goes to stan. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So the bitter truth is its 2 -1 to stan...as difficult as it is to swallow...its the truth....no point lying. HOWEVER - if India was to go to war with stan now - heavy losses on both sides with tactical battlefield nukes but India would win but at great cost. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;So all those hardliners using false information check your facts first hand before falling into the misconception of lies.
      1. A
        Nov 27, 2016 at 2:27 am
        This could be the beginning of much needed peace and stability in the region a safe stan means a good stan. A good stan is good for India as it means stan will be more interested in Trade than raging war.....if its true that this general supports eradication of terrorism then im for it 110 per cent. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Anyway good luck to him hope we can bring peace and prevent the loss of innocent lives on both sides.
        1. R
          Nov 27, 2016 at 2:38 am
          Looks like a 3rd rate freak to me, not sure what the fuss is about. If Somalia changes its warlord, do you all make so much fuss? Seriously, this freak is interesting?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Hindu this or that, who cares if he or some other was a 'Hindu'. Fact - there may not even be a term called 'Hindu' - it is what foreigners called inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent (Iranians if I am not wrong) - why make all the fuss? Who cares if some other 'was' one - some other was also mad, or sane at one time, or was a child at one stage, or was something else - who cares.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Primary fact, the Somalia next doors and its war lord is getting way too much attention.
          1. L
            Nov 27, 2016 at 2:34 am
            stan is not having strength to fight conventional war with India. It is known to entire world. Indian potion itself is more than 6 times stan potion. Military strength is more than 2 times. India is having all sophisticated armoury. lt;br/gt;If stan uses nuclear weapons, stan will become a history. Even political or military leaders will be there to defend their action. stan is a very small country, which can not be compared with India.
            1. A
              Nov 26, 2016 at 11:32 pm
              What do you smoke ? We had 4 wars already. stan lost them all. Another one will push its dying economy into more debt and famine. Better for stan to settle its internal issues first and tackle its homegrown terrorism
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                Purna Varma
                Nov 26, 2016 at 11:50 pm
                Hallucinations are not predictions. Everyday at least a thousand muslims are killed; maimed; drowned; blasted while praying. A necrophyllic religion that was born by taking the sword and paradoxically naming it peace shall die by the sword brother.
                1. H
                  Nov 27, 2016 at 2:30 am
                  Guys; he entertaining us for free with his comedy; let him keep going
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