Gen Bajwa keen to mould the Army in his own image: Report

Srinagar: Pakistan’s newly appointed Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is quickly moving to tighten his grip over the country’s powerful institution by appointing his close aides to key positions, a media report said on Wednesday.

General Bajwa, 57, is “quickly moving to stamp his own identity on the Pakistan Army by carrying out a major reshuffle days after taking over from Gen Raheel Sharif,” The News International said in an editorial.

“The most significant change was the replacement of ISI chief Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar by Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar,” it said, adding among other key transfers is that of Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa, who has been moved from Inter-Services Public Relations and will now be the Arms IG. The paper pointed out that there are also new corps commanders in Bahawalpur and Peshawar and the DG Rangers, Lt-Gen Bilal Akbar, has been appointed chief of general staff.

“All these transfers show that Gen Qamar Bajwa is keen to mould the army in his own image,” it said. “The army chief himself is considered to be easygoing and quick with a one-liner but the speed with which he has moved shows that he will be a man of action,” it added.

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