ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday appointed General Qamar Javed Bajwa as country’s new military chief to replace General Raheel Sharif due to his retirement.
Following are some facts about General Bajwa:
– Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was commissioned in 16 Baloch Regiment on 24 October 1980. The Regiment has produced three army chiefs in the past – General Yahya, General Aslam Baig and General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.
– He is graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, (Toronto) Canada, Naval Post Graduate University, Monteray ( California) USA, National Defence University, Islamabad.
– He has been an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and NDU.
– He has also been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi-based X Corps.
– He has commanded 16 Baloch Regiment, an Infantry Brigade and has commanded Infantry Division in Northern Areas (Commander FCNA).
– He has also commanded Pakistan Contingent in Congo.
– He has commanded Rawalpindi Corps, and was presently serving Inspector General Training and Evaluation at GHQ.
– Former Indian Army chief, General Bikram Singh, praised General Qamar Javed Bajwa as a ‘true professional’.
– In 2014, Bajwa, who was the then Corps Commander Rawalpindi, had said: “we have no threat from India, in fact we have threats from the extremist between us”.