An intense guessing game on the replacement of army chief General Raheel Sharif came to an end Saturday when Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa was appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff.
Bajwa will replace Gen Raheel, who is set to retire on November 29.
Meanwhile, General Zubair Hayat was appointed as the new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and is set to take charge from Monday, just a day before the formal ceremony scheduled for the handover of the command of the army to its new chief.
Traditionally, the prime minister welcomes the new army chief and CJCSC soon after their appointment.
The premier called on President Mamnoon Hussain at theAiwan–e–Sadron Saturday where the two discussed matters of national importance.
Gen Qamar Bajwa, Gen Zubair Haya meet PM Nawaz
Both the newly-appointed generals also met the prime minister at the PM House in Islamabad.
Qamar Bajwa in focus
Lt Gen Bajwa attended the Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course, and was commissioned in the 16 Baloch Regiment in October 1980.
Gen Qamar Bajwa, Gen Zubair Hayat arrive at PM House
A graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto, Canada; the Naval Post Graduate University, California and the National Defence Univesity, Islamabad; Bajwa has been posted at several operational and staff positions in the army.
-Commanded Pakistan Contingent in Congo
-Served as chief of the army’s training and evaluation branch
-Instructed at the School of Infantry and Tactics as well as at the Command and Staff College in Quetta
-Served as a Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi Corps
-Commanded the army’s 10th Corps – Rawalpindi as Corps Commander, which is responsible for defending the country’s frontiers at the Line of Control
He was as the IG Training and Evaluation — the same position General Raheel – before being appointed as the COAS.