General Qamar Javed Bajwa takes over as Pakistan's new army chief

General Qamar Javed Bajwa takes over as Pakistan's new army chief

According to the local media reports, Bajwa is an infantry officer, while Gen Hayat hails from the artillery, both from the 62nd Pakistan Military Academy Long Course who were commissioned in the army in October 1980. During his tenure, he carried out operations in North Waziristan, namely Operation Zarb-e-Azb which stabilized the North-west of the country.

The outgoing chief has been lauded by both national and global bodies for his fruitful actions against extremism in the country.

On November 24, Nawaz Sharif held a farewell dinner for Raheel Sharif and called him one of the finest Army Chiefs in Pakistan's history.

"It is important that all institutions work together against external threats and internal threats".

He also thanked the Armed Forces and the Pakistani nation for their resolve and support during every step of his journey.

The contingent presented March past and salute to the outgoing COAS General Raheel Sharif. He said there was need to remember sacrifices of our martyrs to stabilize the successes of the recent years.

"The army will remain alert to threats, whether external or internal", Gen Raheel said. For this goal, internal weaknesses including criminality, extremism and corruption will have to be eradicated.

Bajwa has considerable experience dealing with Kashmir and will use his knowledge and expertise to advance the Pakistan Army's interests.

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"India should know that mistaking our policy of patience for weakness would be risky". "For that, worldwide community's special attention is necessary", he continued.

The PM and President praised the services of Raheel Sharif for the country. "He has demonstrated an impressive commitment to the peace, security, and well-being of the Pakistani people", it said.

Just days ahead of his retirement, General Sharif said that India had staged a "drama" of surgical strikes.

The decision came as a surprise to many as Lieutenant General Ashfaq Nadeem, who heads the Multan Corps of the Pakistan Army, was being considered as the favourite to succeed Sharif.

Pakistan Navy last week claimed an Indian submarine was pushed back after being detected near its territorial waters.

Gen Raheel Sharif lays wreath at Yadgar-i-Shuhada. He laid floral wreath and offered Fateha.

On the occasion, he was accorded guard of honour by a smartly turned out contingent.

Qamar Bajwa has been an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and NDU.