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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                    owais hasan
                    Nov 26, 2016 at 1:21 pm
                    dear qamar sir plz establish sharia law in stan and take action against killers of gujrat like modi,killers of innocent peoples in mumbai attack,killers of innocents in kashmir and plz make friendly relationship with those indians who want peace,first u will have to clear stan frm corrupt politicians and peoples who are involved in mumbai type attacks and then take action against indian army and modi,only then there could be peaceful relationship between two countries,also give nationality of stan to dr zakir sahab
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                      Ramesh Nittoor
                      Nov 26, 2016 at 2:49 pm
                      The final act, it can be fairly said indicates the true measure of the man. Outgoing Chief, Gen Raheel Sharif reportedly declined to suggest any preference over selection of new chief. It shows that perceptions we gather from his utterances within the context and belief premise, not always clear to the reader, can be incorrect. Think the legacy of Sharif, even while seen from Indian perspective is redeemed, and it has now led to appointment of new Chief, who is reportedly apolitical. This normalization of stani Security apparatus, if dealt with care can lead to lasting peace on LOC. A Hindutva mindset may gloat over this normalization effort as proving their tactics right; and aggravate the delicate political situation once again. A Bharatiyata mindset will receive this normalization effort with hanumat like grace and work towards facilitating it with a responsible approach.
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                        Vihari Naidu
                        Nov 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm
                        Time to fap on his picture tonight on my iPad.
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                          David
                          Nov 26, 2016 at 2:22 pm
                          Even with nukes stan has no choice vis a vis with India. India has configured stani nukes. Plutonium and Uranium and other material over time gets depleted. The cost is humongous. Financial drain on stan. Your et becomes your liability.
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                            David
                            Nov 26, 2016 at 2:15 pm
                            You people deserve Sharia. You deserve to be beheaded, arms severed, hands chopped and whipped in public. That will be your entertainment as a nation. Your desire is good.
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                              sreeram
                              Nov 26, 2016 at 4:20 pm
                              It makes difference to Indian Express for it IE is always in favor of stan and has a obligation to carry Indian army news to stan i.e new army general Bajwa, in return it would get printed notes.
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                                ProdyotPran
                                Nov 26, 2016 at 4:15 pm
                                Who is the army chief in stan makes no difference to us.lt;br/gt;The office of the army general in that country is the most corrupt office.lt;br/gt;Bajwa will follow the programmes of the ISI and continue to train and support anti Indian terrorists.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Old wine in the new bottle.
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                                  Yogi ki
                                  Nov 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm
                                  Lora choos mera ian!!
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                                    V. Ramaswami
                                    Nov 26, 2016 at 3:19 pm
                                    It should be obvious even to an who is not driven by extremist religious fanaticism that India has no ambitions except to become economically stronger and to uplift its people. Let us hope that the new military leadership of stan sets similar priorities for its nation. The rest will fall in place automatically. But, the real unknown as to whether a renegade ISI can be controlled by any commander in chief of stan still remains.
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                                      Indian
                                      Nov 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                                      Bajwa is said to believe that "JI-HA-DIS are a bigger threat to PAK than India". ................. and if General Bajwa lives upto his belief and eliminate the Pak JI-HA-DIS, this part of the world will become a better place to live. ............. AFPAK will become a peaceful place.
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                                        Indian
                                        Nov 26, 2016 at 1:26 pm
                                        Yah .......Impose Military Rule in Pak. ....... then SHA-RIA ......... and then kill all SH-IAS, AHMMADIYAS, SU-FIS etc etc.
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                                          venu
                                          Nov 26, 2016 at 2:50 pm
                                          I never heard about US army chief, Indian army chief or even russian army chief, only in dictatorship one know about army persons.
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                                            yousef
                                            Nov 26, 2016 at 1:17 pm
                                            Good selection.
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