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Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa To Reign Pakistan Army For Three More years

Bajwa's second command after November is being seen an important move in changing security paradigm shift in the South Asian region


Muhammad Faisal Ali Ghumman

ISLAMABAD– In much expected development, Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday appointed General Qamar Javed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) for another three years.

“General Bajwa is appointed Chief of Army Staff for another term of three years from the date of completion of current tenure. The decision has been taken in view of the regional security environment,” said a notification from the office of Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Bajwa was appointed Pakistan’s Army chief in November 2016 by then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif

He took over command from former Army chief General (retired) Raheel Sharif.

Gen Bajwa’s extension is being seen in the backdrop of worsening security imbalance in the region, mounting border tension with India, latest administrative move in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), attacks of of militants from Afghanistan and ongoing war against terrorism in Pakistan.

Gen Bajwa notification

The COAS actively played his role in bringing a message of peace and safe Pakistan to the entire world during his high-profile visits.

The role of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) got its height in Mr Bajwa’s tenure.

Defence analysts are of the view that the decision to appoint Mr Bajwa as second time army chief is a wise decision when Pakistan is confronted with internal and external enemies.

They argue that as Gen Bajwa has been seen playing crucial role in sensitive matters he could effectively handle any misadventure by India.

The credit of downing Indian fighter jets and arrest of IAF pilot Abhi Nandan following Pulwama terrorist incident also goes to the wise and fearless leadership of Gen Bajwa.

Analysts further say as Gen Bajwa has represented Pakistan many times at international level, he will be welcomed by international leaders too.

The PTI-led government and Pakistan Armed Forces have been maintaining good working relations for the last one year or do and both the PM and the COAS will continue to work in a cordial manner to achieve target of secured Pakistan.

‘India gets clear message’

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi speaking to reporters said the decision to appoint General Bajwa as COAS for another three years was taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan taking in view the situation in Kashmir, the security situation in the region and where Pakistan’s efforts were for the peace process in Afghanistan.

When asked if any improvement was expected in Occupied Kashmir and Afghanistan following this decision, Qureshi said that a clear message was being conveyed to India that there was “continuation and clarity” in the political and military leadership in Pakistan.

“At this stage, we are not completely aware of the entire situation in Occupied Kashmir as there is a curfew in the region. When the curfew is lifted, then we will know what exactly happened there,” said the foreign minister.

He said that according to some international media reports, there were some skirmishes in Occupied Kashmir even on Saturday.

Qureshi pointed to irresponsible statements from India’s defence minister. “You should not have any doubts over their aims and intentions,” he said.

“A very clear message (is being conveyed) that Pakistan’s political and military leadership are not only ready, they are on one page. This was very important,” said the foreign minister.

Gen Bajwa’s profile

General Qamar Javed Bajwa was commissioned in 16 Baloch Regiment on 24 October 1980. He is graduate of Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, (Toronto) Canada, Naval Post Graduate University, Monteray( California) USA, National Defence Univesity, Islamabad.

He has been an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and NDU. He has also been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi Corps.

He has commanded 16 Baloch Regiment, an Infantry Brigade and has commanded Infantry Division in Northern Areas (Commander FCNA).

General Bajwa has also commanded Pakistan Contingent in Congo. He has commanded Rawalpindi Corps, and his last position prior to being appointed COAS was Inspector General Training and Evaluation at GHQ.— LAHORE MIRROR