General Bajwa takes charge as Pakistan’s 16th army chief

Srinagar: Outgoing military chief of Pakistan Gen Raheel Sharif on Tuesday handed over the command of the army to Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Dawn reported.

He passed the baton of command to Gen Bajwa at a ceremony held in the Army Hockey Stadium, close to the General Headquarters (GHQ). The command stick of the Pakistan Army is made of traditional Malacca Cane, the report said.

In his final speech as army chief, Gen Raheel Sharif stressed the need for institutions to work together for the nation’s progress, and cautioned India against adopting an aggressive stance in the region, the report added.

“It is important that all institutions work together against external threats and internal threats. For this, we will need to follow the National Action Plan in letter and spirit,” Gen Raheel was quoted by dawn.com to have said.

“I thank the federal government and political leadership for cooperating with us… I had the entire country’s cooperation, for which I thank the army and the nation.”

“India should know that mistaking our policy of patience for weakness would be dangerous,” Raheel was quoted by the website to have said.

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