Qamar Javed Bajwa is all set to take over from Raheel Sharif as the Pakistan Army chief on November 29. His appointment was announced on Saturday and comes at a time when tensions with India are escalating by the day. Incidentally, Bajwa is said to be someone who comes with an extensive experience on the Line of Control (LoC). The decision to appoint Bajwa was taken by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and reports suggest that his “suitability” for working with the civilian government may have weighed in his favour.
PTI quoted PML-N Senator, Lt General (Retired) Abdul Qayyum as saying that there was no difference in the credentials of all the four generals who were considered for the top slot in army. “Prime Minister definitely wanted an army chief who is supportive of democratic system in the country, who believes in the supremacy of Parliament and who could work for the betterment of the country,” he reportedly said. We take a look at some key facts about Qamar Javed Bajwa.
1) Qamar Javed Bajwa is from the infantry’s Baloch Regiment. This regiment has till date given three Army chiefs to Pakistan. These are General Yahya Khan, General Aslam Beg and General Ashfaq Perviaz Kayani. Bajwa will now become the fourth officer from the infantry’s Baloch Regiment to become the army chief.
2) Before the announcement, Bajwa was serving as the Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation.
3) Bajwa has now been elevated to the position of a four star general. Earlier, Bajwa has commanded the famed 10 Corps, the Pakistan army’s largest, which is responsible for the area along LoC.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa – Meet the New Army Chief of Pakistan
4) As a major general, he led the Force Command Northern Areas. Incidentally, Bajwa has served with a UN mission in Congo as a brigade commander. This was alongside former Indian army chief Gen Bikram Singh. Singh was there as a division commander. Previously, he been the commandant of the Infantry School in Quetta.
5) Pakistan has claimed that Bajwa has a wide experience of LoC affairs. This is said to be due to his extensive involvement with PoK (Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir) and northern areas. Bajwa’s military colleagues have said that he is not attention-seeking individual, and believes in being well-connected with his troops.