General Qamar Bajwa takes charge as Pakistan's next army chief


Rai told ANI that Lt Gen Bajwa's appointment comes at a crucial time when relations between India and Pakistan are tense and said, "He (Bajwa) takes over when a mortar war is going on between India and Pakistan along the global border and along the LoC".

In the wake of appointment General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new Pakistan Army Chief, propagandists have begun conspiring that new Pakistan COAS belongs to Ahmadi community.

Lt General Bajwa has also commanded the 10 Corps, the Pakistan army's largest contingent.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif both lauded General Raheel Sharif's valuable services as army chief and wished him the best for his post-retirement life. Asked if he sees any drastic change in Pakistani military policy once Lt General Bajwa takes over succeeding General Raheel Shareef who retires on November 30, he said, "I do not see any change". But the security situation in the region remains "complicated".

The comment presented the spectacle of a row between the civilian and military leadership. Bajwa will now become the fourth officer from the infantry's Baloch Regiment to become the army chief. He has commanded 16 Baloch Regiment, an Infantry Brigade and has commanded Infantry Division in Northern Areas ( Commander FCNA). As the war on terror has entered into decisive phase, the people are expecting that the new army chief in its tenure would take it to logical conclusion with elimination of all terrorists to realise the long cherished dream of complete peace.

He, according to reports said, "India should know that mistaking our policy of patience for weakness would be unsafe".

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"We have to eliminate terrorism from the country", he added and continued that the National Action Plan (NAP) should be fully implemented to achieve that goal.

Gen Raheel Sharif and Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.

PTI quoted PML-N Senator, Lt General (Retired) Abdul Qayyum as saying that there was no difference in the credentials of all the four generals who were considered for the top slot in army. "The enemy of CPEC and Pakistan must stop now its conspiracies against the mega project", he maintained.

During the ceremony, General Sharif handed over the "command stick" to General Bajwa - signifying the change over of the army command. He has commanded Rawalpindi Corps, and was presently serving Inspector General Training and Evaluation at GHQ.

His appointment coincides with the rising tensions and heavy exchange of fire at the LoC.