ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday picked Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa to replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, a popular military leader credited for improving security and driving back Islamist militant groups.
According to reports,General Bajwa will likely take charge of the world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers in a formal handover on Tuesday, when General Sharif, who is no relation to prime minister Nawaz Sharif, formally retires.
General Bajwa was working as Inspector General Training and Evaluation, at GHQ.
He has worked as Commander of the all important Corp-10 which is considered as the biggest and important Corp.
He also served as the chief of Force Command Northern Areas and also commanded as Brigadier while commanding a peace mission to Congo.
Reports also suggest that General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has been appointed Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC).
Existing CJCSC General Rashid Mahmood is also set to retire on November 29.
“On the advice of Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain has approved the promotion of Lieutenant General Zubair Mehmood Hayat and Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa,” the prime minister’s office said.
General Sharif, 60, becomes the first army chief in more than 20 years to step down on time. Several previous military leaders had obtained extensions to their three-year terms. -AajNews/Reuters
Profile of Qamar Javed Bajwa
He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto, Canada, The Naval Post Graduate University, California and the National Defence University, Islamabad.
Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa was commissioned in the 16 Baloch Regiment in October 1980. After serving the chief of the army’s training and evaluation branch General Bajwa was commissioned in Pakistan Army’s Sindh Regiment in 1982.
Further, he has been an instructor at the School of Infantry and Tactics as well as at the Command and Staff College, both in Quetta. He has also been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi Corps.
He attended Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course. He has been posted at several operational and staff positions in the army, including commanding Pakistan Contingent in Congo, and is considered an excellent military officer.
Lt-Gen Bajwa was posted as Inspector General Training and Evaluation — the same position General Raheel held when he was elevated to the rank of Army chief.
He has commanded the army’s 10th Corps – Rawalpindi as Corps Commander. The army’s 10th Corps is responsible for defending the country’s frontiers at the Line of Control.
Bajwa, who belongs to the infantry’s Baloch Regiment, has also held the position of Force Commander Gilgit-Baltistan as a Major General.
Profile of Zubair Hayat
The newly-appointed CJCSC Lt-Gen Zubair Hayat was previously responsible for the safety and security of the country’s nuclear programme.
He is a graduate of Fort Sill Oklohoma, USA, Command and Staff College Camberlay, United Kingdom and National Defence University, Islamabad.
Hayat was commissioned in the Pakistan Army’s Sindh Regiment in 1982. He attended Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course. He has been posted at several important operational and staff positions in the army where he attained extensive experience of command, staff and instructional appointments, and is considered an excellent military officer.
Further, he has served as adjutant at PMA, Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade; and Army and Air adviser at Pakistan embassy in UK. He has also been Chief of Staff of a strike Corps, Private Secratarty to COAS and Director General Staff Studies Directorate at GHQ.
Additionally, he has held the appointment of Director General Strategic Plan Division (SPD). He has commanded 31 Corps Bahawalpur and is presently Chief of General Staff at GHQ.
Lt-Gen Hayat was posted as head of the army’s Strategic Plans Division which ensures the safety of nuclear institutions.
He was given the command of army’s 31st Corps – Bahawalpur after he was elevated to the rank of a three-star general. He is considered an excellent officer of the Artillery Regiment and is currently posted as Colonel Commandant of the Artillery Regiment. -RadioPakistan