Qamar Javed Bajwa succeeds Gen Raheel Sharif as Pak Army chief

Qamar Javed Bajwa succeeds Gen Raheel Sharif as Pak Army chief

Srinagar: After weeks of intense speculation and rumours, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finalised the selection of two senior army officers as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC), reported DawnNews on Saturday.

A career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new COAS, while Lt Gen Zubair Hayat has been appointed the CJCSC, the report said

Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lt Gen Zubair Hayat will be promoted to the rank of four-star generals, the report added.

Both generals would take up their new posts from Tuesday, the day the current army chief Raheel Sharif retires, DawnNews said.

Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently serving as Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation, the report added.

Others in contention for the post of army chief were Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday and Multan Corps Commander Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem. All four generals are from the PMA’s 62nd long course, but have had different career trajectories, the report added.

The formal process for nomination starts with the General Headquarters sending a list of the senior-most generals to the prime minister via the defence ministry, but without making any formal recommendations, the report said.

The PM then holds informal consultations with the outgoing army chief before announcing his decision, the report added.

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