Top Facts about New Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appointed General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the 16th Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan armed forces.

The Prime Minister held one-on-one meetings with the two generals and felicitated them on their appointments. The meeting comes soon after the appointment of General Zubair Mahmood Hayat as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of the Army Staff (COAS).

According to a spokesperson Prime Minister House, on the advice of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain promoted Lt Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat and Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to the rank of General.

The profile of newly appointed CJCSC): Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat was commissioned in Artillery Regiment on October 24, 1980.He is graduate of Fort Sill Oklohoma, USA, Command and Staff College Camberlay United Kingdom and National Defence University, Islamabad.

He has wide experience of command, staff and instructional appointments. He has commanded an artillery regiment, mechanized division artillery, an infantry Brigade and an Infantry Division.

A career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new COAS, while Lt Gen Zubair Hayat has been appointed the CJCSC.

Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lt Gen Zubair Hayat will be promoted to the rank of four-star generals. Both generals would take up their new posts from Tuesday, the day the current army chief Raheel Sharif retires.

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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Top Facts about New Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa

Following are the top 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.


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