Newly appointed COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa assumes command of the Pakistan Army from General Raheel Sharif at a ceremony which is taking place at the Army Hockey Stadium in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
The outgoing army chief, General Raheel Sharif, hands over the baton to Gen Bajwa at a formal change of command ceremony at the GHQ, completing the transition after months of speculation as to who will be his successor.
Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, a career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, was chosen as Pakistan’s next Chief of Army Staff on Saturday. He will be promoted to the rank of a four-star general and will take up his new post from today, the day the current army chief Raheel Sharif retires.
The outgoing army chief on Monday spent his last day in the office completing a round of farewell meetings. The main activity at the General Headquarters ahead of Tuesday’s ceremony was the farewell corps commanders’ conference.
The conference was attended by COAS-designate Gen Bajwa, corps commanders and principal staff officers. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, they “paid rich tribute to General Raheel Sharif for his leadership and professional acumen and lauded his services for the country”.
Speaking at the conference, Gen Sharif thanked the commanders for assisting him in the execution of his duties during his tenure. He also visited the ISI Headquarters in Islamabad to pay tribute to “the sacrifices and successes” of the spy agency “in fighting terrorism and strengthening the defence of the motherland”.
In the meantime, it is clarified that the COAS designate General Qamar Bajwa has zero presence on social media.
All facebook/twitter or other SM platforms ids & accounts on his name are fake.
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