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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.…

I feel proud to serve Pakistan army for three years, says General Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Outgoing Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on Monday paid farewell visits to President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at their official residences in the capital, said Radio Pakistan. “The Prime Minister praised General Raheel Sharif for his valuable services rendered as army chief and extended his best wishes for his post-retirement life and happiness for his family,” a PM’s Office statement said. Both the leaders lauded General Sharif’s outstanding achievements for Pakistan and its…

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…

Who is Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa?

Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new Chief of Army Staff who will replace the outgoing military head General Raheel Sharif on November 29. The decision to appoint Lt. Gen Bajwa as Gen Sharif's successor was taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on November 26. Lt. Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa: A profile Lt Gen Bajwa is currently serving at the General Headquarters, Rawalpindi, as Inspector General of Training and Evaluation — the position Gen Sharif held before becoming…

Search for Pakistan’s new army chief likely to end in next 24 hours

ISLAMABAD: A decision about Pakistan’s new army chief is expected in the next few hours for which deliberations with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have already been made. The premier will name his pick on his return from Turkmenistan. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif is stepping down after winning the hearts of millions with his bruising campaign against militants, leaving a vacancy for arguably the most powerful job in the country. Whoever steps into General Sharif's shoes will play an outsize role…

Parliamentarians get increment as PM convenes meeting to pick ‘new army chief’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif convened a federal cabinet meeting on Wednesday in a bid to decide upon the new face of Pakistan’s powerful military. While lauding Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif’s services for Pakistan, the high-level meeting deliberated on the key choices the premier has regarding who will run the armed forces next. A three-year term of the current Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif will end this month. PM Sharif has until November 28 to name his…

New Army Chief assumes charge of office

RAWALPINDI: Army Chief Gen. Raheel Sharif assumed the charge of his office today. Gen. Raheel was presented guard of honour on his arrival at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi, ARY News reported on Monday. After arrival of the new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) an Army contingent presented guard of honour to him. The COAS was received by the Chief of General Staff‚ Lieutenant General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad. The new Army Chief later met with with the Principal Staff Officers.