1. Pakistan’s new army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s first comment: Tensions with India along LoC to ease soon

Pakistan’s new army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s first comment: Tensions with India along LoC to ease soon

In his first statement after assuming the charge of world' s sixth-largest army by troop numbers, Bajwa opined, "The situation at the Line of Control will hopefully improve soon.''

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 29, 2016 6:13 PM
In his first statement after assuming the charge of world' s sixth-largest army by troop numbers, Bajwa opined, "The situation at the Line of Control will hopefully improve soon.'' (Reuters) In his first statement after assuming the charge of world’ s sixth-largest army by troop numbers, Bajwa opined, “The situation at the Line of Control will hopefully improve soon.” (Reuters)

Newly appointed army chief of Pakistan General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday sent out a surprising peace message even as almost on daily basis Pakistan is violating ceasefire across LoC, which the Indian forces are also giving a prompt and befitting reply. In his first statement after assuming the charge of world’ s sixth-largest army by troop numbers, Bajwa opined, “The situation at the Line of Control will hopefully improve soon.” The new army chief has wide experience of LoC affairs due to his extensive involvement with PoK and northern areas, reports said. His military colleagues feel he is not attention-seeking and remains well-connected with his troops. The new army chief is from the infantry’s Baloch Regiment, which has given three officers to the post of army chief Gen Yahya Khan, General Aslam Beg and General Ashfaq Perviaz Kayani. Notably, The ties between India and Pakistan have deteriorated after the Uri attack in which 19 Indian soldiers were killed. India followed it up with surgical strikes in terror camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

As per local media reports of the country Bajwa’s name was finalised by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. As per Geo News report, General Zubair Hayat has been appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. Before his present appointment, General Hayat was serving as chief of general staff (CGS). The post of Army chief is the most powerful in Pakistan. Lieutenant General Qamar Bajwa is from the Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course. Earlier he was the commander of Rawalpindi Corps and is currently the Inspector General of Training and Evaluation at the headquarters, a position his predecessor General Raheel Sharif had held before taking up the top job in Pakistan’s army .

As a major general, he led the Force Command Northern reas. He also served in the 10 Corps as lieutenant colonel. He also served with a UN mission in Congo as a brigade commander alongside former Indian army chief Gen Bikram Singh, who was also there as a division commander. Previously, he also remained the commandant of theInfantry School in Quetta.

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