RAWALPINDI: It was a sigh of relief for the federation, when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced to appoint Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new Army Chief of Pakistan.
But, to many, it was an indigestible news. Some of them might have got their stomach upset.
But, for PMLN supporters, and for the government, it was a celebration time as the PM had successfully enforced his choice.
PM Minister was provided with a summary from defence ministry with four names including, Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Lt Gen Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Lt Gen Iqbal Ramday and Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Being last in the seniority list, Lt Gen Qamar Bajwa was the least of the choice for the post, but his ‘pro-democracy’ instincts, and ‘apolitical’ background made him favourite for the job.
Word is that the newly appointed chief is very close to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
Whereas, senior investigative journalist and renowned anchor person Kamran Khan has tweeted that Lt Gen Bajwa was ‘rewarded’ for his role during 2014 PTI sit-in, in which he chose to stand with the democracy. Or in other words, stood with PM Nawaz Sharif.
Kamran Khan wrote “Bajwa earned distinction amongst other during 2014 Dharna when he stood by democracy, he made a huge difference. PM having a sigh of relief”
Bajwa earned distinction amongst other during 2014 Dharna when he stood by democracy, he made a huge difference. PM having a sigh of relief
— Kamran Khan (@AajKamranKhan) November 26, 2016
Another senior journalist, and privy source to GHQ lodges, Dr. Shahid Masood in his talkshow, Live With Dr. Shahid Masood quoted two journalists including Kamran Khan to put forward the actual reason of appointment of Gen Qamar Bajwa.
We are providing a clip from his show, with the courtesy to Zem TV.
He also maintained that, General Raheel Sharif had recommended any other General’s name but, PM Nawaz delayed the announcement to the stage where Army Chief’s involvement was minimized.
Whereas, political analyst Fawad Chaudhry was of the opinion that PM Nawaz overlooked Gen Ishfaq Nadim’s name because he was a hardliner and ‘no nonsense’ man.