RAWALPINDI: General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new Army Chief of Pakistan, DailyPakistan reports.
General Qamar Bajwa would be the 16th Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the 5th General appointed by Nawaz Sharif.
Ninth in the seniority list, Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently serving as the Inspector General Training and Development GHQ. Present Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, before taking over the post of COAS, served on this post.
The entire defence installations including GHQ, AHQ [air headquarters] and NHQ [navel headquarters], PM Secretariat and government security are also under the responsibility of a Commander of 10 Corps.
Lt. Gen Bajwa has commanded Corp 10 which is considered as the biggest and the most important Corp.
He has also served asChief of Force Command Northern Areas and also commanded as Brigadier while commanding a peace mission to Congo.
Belonging to Baloch regiment, his vast experience is in Kashmir and northern areas issues.
As a brigadier, he held a position of COS [chief of staff] at 10 Corps and also commanded formation division in Northern Areas as formation commander (FCNA), besides he also commanded infantry school and as Lt-Gen, he commanded 10 Corps.
Since the military remains heavily engaged in counter-terrorism operations and with the situation on the border with India remaining tense a candidate with a strong profile in dealing with such matters would be the best choice.
Lt Gen Bajwa has 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.
He has previously also remained the commandant of the Infantry School in Quetta.
His military colleagues say he is not attention-seeking and remains well-connected with his troops.
Gen Bajwa is also said to be an apolitical person without any biases. He 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 Kayani.
It is a developing story, wait for updates.