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5 unknown facts about new Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa

RAWALPINDI: After the week of speculations and sensation, Prime Minister Nazwaz Sharif on Saturday finalised the names of Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) and Lt. Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).  

General Qamar Bajwa is the 16th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the 5th General appointed by Nawaz Sharif.

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Following are the 5 less known facts regarding new Pakistan Army Chief.

  • General Bajwa was commissioned in Pakistan Army’s Sindh Regiment in 1982.
  • He attended Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course.
  • Before the appointment, Gen Qamar Bajwa served at the GHQ as Inspector General of Training and Evaluation — the position Gen Sharif held before becoming army chief — he has commanded the 10 Corps, the army’s largest, which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control (LoC).
  • He has an extensive experience of handling affairs of Kashmir and northern areas. Yet, he considers extremism a bigger threat for the country than India.
  • Just like his predecessor General Raheel Sharif, he is said to be no attention-seeker and remains well-connected with his troops.