Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa is the 16th and current Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan. He replaced his predecessor General Raheel Sharif on November 29, 2016. The decision to appoint Qamar Bajwa as Gen Sharif’s successor was taken by then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Nov 26. Lt Gen Qamar Bajwa has extensive experience of handling affairs in Kashmir and the northern areas of the country. As a major general, he led the Force Command Northern Areas. He also served in the 10 Corps as lieutenant colonel, where he was GSO. Lt Gen Qamar Bajwa has 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. He is from the infantry’s Baloch Regiment, which has given three officers to the post of army chief — Gen Yahya Khan, Gen Aslam Beg and Gen Kayani.