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General Qamar Javed Bajwa gets Pakistan army’s baton of command

RAWALPINDI: The baton of succession, the ‘Malacca Cane’ has been passed. General Raheel Sharif on Tuesday handed over the command of Pakistan army to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. General Bajwa took charge as the 16th army chief of the world's sixth-largest army by troop numbers in a formal colourful handover. The succession ceremony where General Raheel Sharif handed over the ceremonial baton to his successor was held at the hockey stadium of General Headquarters (GHQ) in the garrison city.…

US welcomes Pakistan’s new army chief

ISLAMABAD: United States has welcomed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's appointment of Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Pakistan's new Chief of Army Staff. According to a statement by US Embassy in Islamabad, the country is looking foward to continuing their work with Pakistan's elected leaders, with Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and with the  Pakistani military to advance out shared counterinsurgency and counter-terrorism goals for Pakistan and the region and to enable Pakistani authorities to honor their pledge to…

New army chief brings no change in policy: defence minister

ISLAMABAD: There will be no immediate shift in Pakistan's military policy under the new army chief, said Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed a new military leader on Saturday. Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa will replace retiring Army Chief General Raheel Sharif when his three-year term ends on Tuesday, a rare example of a smooth transition in a nation where army chiefs have a history of clinging to power. General Sharif, who is not related to the prime minister, has proved…