Testing times for new Pak army chief as forces working to undermine him.

Source: Business Standard

Sources have also said that General Bajwa was definitely not the choice of General Raheel Sharif, who over the years, had emerged as a larger than life personality, an image created by an overactive Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), revered by the ordinary Pakistani and supported by the country’s Islamic extremist leaders.

Undoubtedly, the new COAS is expected to face resistance from officers within the army supporting General Raheel Sharif. There are also reports indicating that many religious extremist groups supported by the army were not in favour of General Bajwa’s appointment.

Forces working to undercut General Bajwa and unlikely to work in tandem with him; have already been quick to unsettle the new incumbent. Therefore, immediately after he was named COAS, a media campaign was launched across the country on his Ahmadiyya connections through marriage.

As is well known, the Ahmadiyyas have been declared non-Muslims by a law passed in 1974 and are regularly persecuted by Pakistan’s majority Sunni population.

Though attempts were made later to deny these claims, the damage has already been done. In Pakistan’s increasingly radicalised society, it would be unthinkable for the country’s COAS to have any links to ‘Kafirs’.

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