Pakistan has named Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as the country’s new army chief.
Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa was appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan, according to a statement issued by the Pakistan’s Prime Minister House.
Bajwa will succeed General Raheel Sharif who is set to retire on November 29.
Furthermore, Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has also been promoted as four-star general and appointed as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
Current Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif and CJCSC Gen Rashad Mahmood are retiring on Nov 29. Both generals would take up their new posts from Tuesday.
Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain promoted the two lieutenant generals to the rank of four-star generals on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson held a brief discussion with Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa few days before his appointment as Army Chief. The two met during T20 cricket match between Australian Army and Pakistan Army in Lahore, Pakistan.
Profile of General Qamar Javed Bajwa
General Bajwa currently serves as the Inspector-General Training and Evaluation, a post General Sharif held before he was promoted.
He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto, Canada, The Naval Post Graduate University, California and the National Defence Univesity, Islamabad.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa was commissioned in the 16 Baloch Regiment in October 1980. He has served as chief of the army’s training and evaluation branch and was commissioned in Pakistan Army’s Sindh Regiment in 1982.
He has commanded 10 Corps [Rawalpindi Corps], which is responsible for the most sensitive areas of the country and a position that plays a pivotal role as almost the entire border with India comes under its jurisdiction.
Qamar Bajwa attended Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course. He has been posted at several operational and staff positions in the army, including commanding Pakistan Contingent in Congo, and is considered an excellent military officer.
In May 2009, he was promoted to the rank of major general. As a major general, Bajwa Served as the Force Commander of Gilgit Baltistan and held the title of the General Officer Commanding. In August, he was awarded Hilal-e-Imitaz Military.
Profile of General Zubair Mahmood Hayat
General Zubair Hayat is from the artillery and the serving Chief of General Staff (CGS). Lt-Gen Hayat was posted as head of the army’s Strategic Plans Division which ensures the safety of nuclear institutions. As a major general, Hayat served as General Officer Commanding (GOC) Sialkot and led Staff Duties Directorate. He was elevated to lieutenant general in January 2013 and was instated as corps commander Bahawalpur.
As a three-star general, he was previously posted as director general of the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), which is the secretariat of the NCA; and corps commander Bahawalpur. This makes him an ideal choice for the post of CJCSC, who has an almost exclusive jurisdiction over nuclear forces and assets.
Gen Zubair is a second generation officer. His father retired as a major general, while two of his brothers are generals: Pakistan Ordnance Factories Wah Chairman Lt Gen Omar Hayat and Inter-Services Intelligence DG Maj Gen Ahmad Mahmood Hayat.