Pakistan has appointed a new Pakistan Army Chief Lt. Gen. Qamar Bajwa, who will replace the powerful incumbent army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif finalised the selection of Bajwa as the new Pakistan Chief of Army Staff. Bajwa is an infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment.
- Nawaz Sharif has also also finalised the appointment of Lt. Gen. Zubair Hayat as the Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.
- They will take up their new posts from November 29, the day the current army Chief Raheel Sharif retires.
- Bajwa is currently serving as Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation.
- He has also commanded 10 Corps- the biggest and considered the most important Corp of the Pakista.
- Lt-Gen Bajwa, has been posted in 10 Corps thrice and has extensive experience of handling affairs in Kashmir and the Northern Areas.
- 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.
- He has served as chief of Force Command Northern Areas and also commanded as Brigadier while commanding a peace mission to Congo.
- Raheel Sharif’s retirement and the appointment of the new Pakistan Army chief may open opportunities to improve the current India-Pakistan ties.
- The ties deteriorated after the Uri terror attack. It is a well known fact that the Pakistan army shapes shapes Islamabad’s India policy.