General Qamar Javed Bajwa appointed as Pakistan Army chief

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) by elevating him to the rank of four-star general, officials said.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Updated: November 26, 2016 8:06 pm
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Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who has extensive experience of handling affairs in PoK and the northern areas, was on Saturday appointed as Pakistan’s new army chief to succeed Gen Raheel Sharif. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) by elevating him to the rank of four-star general, officials said. Bajwa will take charge of the world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers in a formal handover on Tuesday, when General Raheel formally retires.

Raheel in January had declared he would not seek extension. “I will retire on the due date,” he had said. There were speculation that the PML-N government would give him extension at the eleventh hour citing reasons that he was needed by the country to lead war on terror. The post of Army chief is the most powerful in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s defence minister Khawaja Asif has confirmed that Bajwa was appointed as COAS and Zubair Hayat as Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC). “May God help us in these decisions and new appointments,” he said. Bajwa was serving as Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation and has been elevated to position of four star general and appointed as Chief of Army Staff, the officials said. He has also commanded the famed 10 Corps, the army’s largest, which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control (LoC).

As a major general, he led the Force Command Northern Areas. He also served in the 10 Corps as lieutenant colonel. He also served with a UN mission in Congo as a brigade commander alongside former Indian army chief Gen Bikram Singh, who was also there as a division commander.

Previously, he also remained the commandant of the Infantry School in Quetta. The new army chief has wide experience of LoC affairs due to his extensive involvement with PoK and northern areas, reports said in Islamabad. His military colleagues say he is not attention-seeking and remains well-connected with his troops. The new army chief is from the infantry`s Baloch Regiment, which has given three officers to the post of army chief Gen Yahya Khan, Gen Aslam Beg and Gen Ashfaq Perviaz Kayani.

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    RAza
    Nov 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm
    Raj for starters it has come on Indian news so obviously it has got some importance and secondly it you really didnt care about stani generals then y would you leave a comment after reading the column
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      Arvind
      Nov 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm
      Let us hope General Qamar Javed Bajwa new stan Army chief will help Nawaz Sharif govt to normalize relation will India unlike Present Army Chief Raheel Sharif who only used to instigate his army to carry out attack along with LOC and also encourage Terrorists activities in Kashmir Valley.He can also see Tag on stan as Heaven on earth for Terroirsts. Let us hope people of stan and India come closer and maintain peace all times.
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        Raj
        Nov 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm
        Nobody gives 2 hoots about the stani appointment. Seriously, that country is a joke, this stan. It is as if they were appointing a President... so much hoo haa over the Army's chief... the difference is immense between India and its neighbours! India makes noise over the election of its' Prime Minister, stan makes noise over the appointment of its Army chief...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And they want parity with India... stan is a joke.
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          Dura
          Nov 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm
          A brave general. He knows what modi doesn't. He can do what gen suhag can't lt;br/gt;Don't be afraid of him
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            Dura
            Nov 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm
            Look to your West. stan is a Shield against barbarism and ill- bred people. Look to our West. There is peace, development, cpec, gwadar, China, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, central Asian countries, gulf countries, Africa and Europe. Ab bol kaliye???
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              Dura
              Nov 26, 2016 at 2:54 pm
              Welcome new general for the subcontinent. A symbol of power and peace
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                stranger
                Nov 26, 2016 at 2:18 pm
                bajwa will become our gajwa. thinking about type of pow camp to house him.
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                  George Cruz
                  Nov 26, 2016 at 3:56 pm
                  The reality is that the Islamic stan is a failed country controlled by the rogue military generals, he Mullahs preaching hatred based on their holy book, has become home to the notorious/barbaric terror groups like Al Qaeda, Taliban, LeT, JeM, etc, and now another military thug is appointed as the stan army chief. As long as the Islamic stan doesn't interfere with the internal affairs of India especially supporting the Islamic Kashmir separatists in the JandK into committing terror/killing across the LOC, the democratic/secular India will ignore this failed country.
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