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After weeks of intense speculation and rumours, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finalised the selection of two senior army officers as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC), reported DawnNews.

A career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as the new COAS, while Lt Gen Zubair Hayat has been appointed the CJCSC.

Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lt Gen Zubair Hayat will be promoted to the rank of four-star generals.

Both generals would take up their new posts from Tuesday, the day the current army chief Raheel Sharif retires.

Others in contention for the post of army chief were Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday and Multan Corps Commander Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem.

All four generals are from the PMA’s 62nd long course, but have had different career trajectories.

Read: Challenges for the new army chief

The formal process for nomination starts with the General Headquarters sending a list of the senior-most generals to the prime minister via the defence ministry, but without making any formal recommendations.

The PM then holds informal consultations with the outgoing army chief before announcing his decision.

Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa

Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was something of a dark horse in this race for the post of COAS.

He is currently serving at the GHQ as Inspector General of Training and Evaluation — the position Gen Sharif held before becoming army chief — he has commanded the 10 Corps, the army’s largest, which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control (LoC).

Lt Gen 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.

Despite his extensive involvement with Kashmir and northern areas, he is said to consider extremism a bigger threat for the country than India.

Lt Gen 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 has previously also remained the commandant of the Infantry School in Quetta.

His military colleagues say he is not attention-seeking and remains well-connected with his troops.

“He is extremely professional, but very easy-going and full of compassion,” an officer who had served under him said, adding that he was not protocol-minded either. Gen Bajwa is also said to be an apolitical person without any biases.

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.

Lt Gen Zubair Hayat

Lt Gen Zubair Hayat is from the artillery and the serving Chief of General Staff (CGS).

As a three-star general, he was previously posted as director general of the Strategic Plans Division (SPD), which is the secretariat of the NCA; and corps commander Bahawalpur. This makes him an ideal choice for the post of CJCSC, who has an almost exclusive jurisdiction over nuclear forces and assets.

His postings as CGS and DG SPD afforded him an opportunity to work very closely with PM Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

During his tenure as a major general, he was general officer commanding (GOC) Sialkot and later headed the Staff Duties (SD) Directorate, whose personnel are commonly known in the army as ‘paper tigers’. His stay at the directorate and his earlier posting as principal staff officer to the army chief brought him closer to Gen Kayani, and he is generally seen as Gen Kayani’s protégé.

Some of those who worked with him describe him as “workaholic” and a “vociferous reader”. He is also said to have a very sharp memory.

Gen Zubair is a second generation officer. His father retired as a major general, while two of his brothers are generals: Pakistan Ordnance Factories Wah Chairman Lt Gen Omar Hayat and Inter-Services Intelligence DG (Analysis) Maj Gen Ahmad Mahmood Hayat.

Gen Raheel's legacy

In 2013, when Gen Kayani announced that he would not take an extension for a second time, Gen Sharif was not among the favourites in the race for army chief. Even after he beat all the odds to become the chief, his detractors continued to doubt him saying he lacked an intelligence and operations background.

But he did not allow those shortcomings to become a handicap.

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The high point in his tenure was the start of Operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan in June 2014, something from which his predecessor shied away fearing blowback. The operation is now in its last stages. He is also credited for action against militancy in Karachi and partially restoring calm to the city.

Gen Sharif has all along been supportive of the government, except for a statement at the corps commanders’ conference last November when he expressed reservations over the civilian administration’s governance. The comment presented the spectacle of a row between the civilian and military leadership. He has, nevertheless, maintained strong influence over the government’s foreign and national security policies.

The general garnered unprecedented popularity among the general public and on social media.

Pakistan's army chiefs through the ages

Comments (145) Closed

Javid Nov 26, 2016 05:37pm

Please carry on the good work done by Gen. Raheel Shariff. He has set high expectations and we expect you to do more than what he could.

Muhammad Nov 26, 2016 05:36pm

Best wishes Gen Bajwa. Hope you will carry on the good work in combating terrorism and restoring peace in Karachi.

SYED A. MATEEN Nov 26, 2016 05:36pm

The nation welcome the appointments of Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as COAS and Lt Gen Zubair Hayat as CJCSC.

fahad Nov 26, 2016 05:38pm

Good decision NS

Tousief Naqvi Nov 26, 2016 05:40pm

Welcome General Bajwa. Long Live Pakistan Army. Long Live Pakistan.

Noman Aziz Nov 26, 2016 05:44pm

All the best wishes to Gen. Qamer Javed Bajwa to be appointed as Pakistan's new COAS. Pakistan is behind you.

Shuaib Nov 26, 2016 05:46pm

Good decision we hope at least same like Mr.General sharrif or much better than him. we are proud of our Pakistan army.

Karachifdd Nov 26, 2016 05:47pm

Welcome man...

Aam shehri Nov 26, 2016 05:46pm

Yes, this man is able to follow the footsteps of General sharif

syed zafar kazmI U.S Nov 26, 2016 05:49pm

The glorious path of selfless service, dedication, discipline and constitutionalism has been etched in stone by your great predecessor; just adhere to this path with your God given unique talent and you will ever be remembered by this nation and Pakistan shall be one of the greatest country on the planet. Your selection to this great office is testament to your class, caliber and talent. Long live Pakistan

ga Nov 26, 2016 05:49pm

I was hoping it would be him.

Nagyal u. Nov 26, 2016 05:52pm

People, military is just another institution of the state like other respected departments. Appointment of new COAS is normal-in-routine,

Khan-haqiqi Nov 26, 2016 05:53pm

I hope he takes action against religious militants like Lal masjid, sipah Sahaba , Lashkar e jhangvi and Punjabi Taliban

Rais Zaidi Nov 26, 2016 05:55pm

The hype emerge during last period of service of every coas shows the weakness of our civil government system and corrupt parliamentarians.It should be like a normal change of head of government department.please pray for actual change for honest government and get rid of corruption of elite class hegemony.

Amer RAO Nov 26, 2016 05:56pm

Pakistan Zindabad

Azhar jamil Nov 26, 2016 05:56pm

Excellent decision, he deserves and he belongs ti Baloch Regiment not AK regiment.

Changez Khan Nov 26, 2016 05:59pm

Congratulations General Bajwa. Now just follow the footsteps of General Raheel and you won't fail and disappoint the nation.

Gerry D'Cunha Nov 26, 2016 06:01pm

Congrats Gen Bajwa. Hope you take further steps in bringing peace in Karachi and the whole of Pakistan with your past experiences in solving the problems of the people

Atul garg Nov 26, 2016 06:07pm

Best of Luck General Bajwa.

asad Nov 26, 2016 06:08pm

@Gerry D why karachi, why not start from punjab?

M.Saeed Nov 26, 2016 06:09pm

It is a very logical and appropriate appointment. being a thorough professional keeping low profile and regarding Terror as bigger than India as enemy, he is bound to carry on the brave legacy of Gen. Raheel with added headstart given by his very competent predecessor. All the best wishes for his success and Godspeed for victories.

Muneer Nov 26, 2016 06:10pm

Seems to be less energetic than the current chief and others.

Kirtimaya Varma Nov 26, 2016 06:11pm

My sincere good wishes to Gen. Bajwa.

Muhammad Tahir Jamali Nov 26, 2016 06:13pm

Congratulations Sir, Wish you best luck

Sadam Hussain Nov 26, 2016 06:13pm

Good choice for chief. As mentioned He is apolitical

lafanga Nov 26, 2016 06:16pm

Good safe choice at the end after so many speculations.

Shakir Ansari Nov 26, 2016 06:16pm

Hope General Bajwa will uphold professional quality.

Allauddin Mehsood Nov 26, 2016 06:16pm

We are so thankful that we have a limited stock families at our service in high ranks. Verily, it is their zeal for serving the nation that has put them on the alter. Had these families not in service, Pak Army would not have such a good name. I am so pleased to have another COAS by extension. Blessed is the nation of Powerful Generals.

Princess_of_DHUMP Nov 26, 2016 06:16pm

ThankYou in advance General Qamar Bajwa. I hope Qamar will break the 'Kamar' of remaining terrorists

SHIRAZ Nov 26, 2016 06:16pm

It's continuation of a process. The last IGTE made the plans and implemented them really well. Now it was General Bajwa's turn. Working in the same capacity, he was responsible for evolving the strategy and philosophy of war and conflicts, which PA is facing or expected to face.

The icing on the top is his career with 10 corps. While the extremism is on the run, the eternal animosity hasn't. And his career with corps deployed on Northern and Kashmir border and front lines made him an ideal choice.

I hope he will deliver.

Good decision NS.

Awan Nov 26, 2016 06:18pm

For the first time we have an Army Chief from the Jutt community of Pakistan. Bajwas are known as the good soldiers. I am sure he will even set the more higher standards than General Raheel Sharif. Well done Nawaz Sharif for this appointment.

Majid Nov 26, 2016 06:18pm

A wise choice indeed. His commanding experience of the 10 Corps will be put into good use here given the current situation at LOC these days.

Baba Nov 26, 2016 06:20pm

All the best to new General .. from India .

MSD Nov 26, 2016 06:20pm

Good decision!!

Zak Nov 26, 2016 06:25pm

I congratulate Mr.Bajwa

Jally Fellow Nov 26, 2016 06:26pm

A big shoe to fill... Wishing Gen Bajwa all the very best..

INAM KHALIQ Nov 26, 2016 06:25pm

Very warm welcome General Bajwa, Long live Pakistan Army. And we wont be able to forget General Raheel Sharif.

tq Nov 26, 2016 06:29pm

I hope at the end of your term, terrorism is a history.

Hammad khalid Nov 26, 2016 06:30pm

Mobarak ho

Zak Nov 26, 2016 06:31pm

Need a statement very early on how he will get kashmiris their freedom and bring an end to India's aggression

Shinaya Darband Nov 26, 2016 06:31pm

welcome sir Sir please carry on the good mission of General Raheel Sharif till end.

Asim Nov 26, 2016 06:34pm

All the best...

Javed meo Nov 26, 2016 06:33pm

Asslam o alaikum! Great decision.

Qamar Shafique Nov 26, 2016 06:36pm

wel come Sir Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa Good Luck for A Big Achievement. wish u secsess ln work Take here Us. ( Gen, Raheel Sharif was a brave man Thanks for every thing is going good

Anil Nov 26, 2016 06:37pm

There is no coup,no extension.Its a smooth transition.Good sign on Pakistan part.

Rahat Nov 26, 2016 06:42pm

Hope he will work towards peaceful relation with India and will act against terrorism.

Ali Nov 26, 2016 06:43pm

@Rais Zaidi Get a life. All about politics..

Imran Nov 26, 2016 06:45pm

Good Luck and Godspeed. We pray for your success because if you succeed then Pakistan succeeds.

Umar parveez Nov 26, 2016 06:50pm

Welcome sir hope you will be good for pakistan !

Ray Nov 26, 2016 06:58pm

A very hearty gratz from an indian to next pak chief, the COAS Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa..His stand towards extremism is the most required trait today...Extremism is Violence..Violence is terrorism..Say no to extremism..peace will follow.

MRhashmi Nov 26, 2016 06:58pm

We have confident that you will be blessed. You deserved the best of the best armed forces to command , our great worrior General Sharief showed armed forces in practical more harder and courageous path to keep distance either external or internal enemies of our beloved country Pakistan, now time to go even beyond with more attention AND KEEP sharp EAGLE EYES, EACH and every inch of our beloved country Pakistan

syed zafar kazmI U.S Nov 26, 2016 07:00pm

KHAN-HAQIQI "hope he takes action against religious militants like Lal masjid, sipah Sahaba , Lashkar e jhangvi and Punjabi Taliban". Yes, General Bajwa: terrorism is the most dangerous threat not only to the life and overall peace of Pakistanis but it is an existential threat to this very beautiful country and please just engage yourself to the unfinished business of your great predecessor and right from day one to eradicate terrorism coupled with sickly extremism and sectarianism from the beautiful face of this land. The path is easy and straightforward as this enemy is well defined and well identified-all you have to do is just go after them and the whole nation shall be wholeheartedly support you. Go my man and make history by reverting Pakistan to the dream of its founder who wanted to see this land for Muslims with a broad mind, big heart and great vision where all were free to practice their faith, belief, and were equal citizens with equal rights with zero corruption& nepotism

hammad Nov 26, 2016 07:02pm

No matter who became the chief but to carry on the work done by Gen. Raheel. To bring peace in the country is to be his first priority. Best wishes.

aamir Nov 26, 2016 07:05pm

@Khan-haqiqi Yes it is real challenge as compared to restore peace in Karachi

hassan Nov 26, 2016 07:06pm

Best wishes and good luck ....

jagajilly Nov 26, 2016 07:07pm


Joe Nov 26, 2016 07:06pm

@Khan-haqiqi Well that is big question.

hammad Nov 26, 2016 07:06pm

No matter who became chief but to carry on the work done by Gen. Raheel. To bring peace in the country is to be his first priority. Best wishes.

Ayub Nov 26, 2016 07:10pm


Muhammad Usman Nov 26, 2016 07:10pm

Both India and Pakistan have Jatt army chief. Hope they have better relations

aamir Nov 26, 2016 07:15pm

Hopefully under new chief command sense of disenfranchisement will be lessen in different areas of Pakistan particularity in Karachi and Baluchistan.

TKhan Nov 26, 2016 07:20pm

Honor the sacred Oath and do the right things!

Aatif Nov 26, 2016 07:24pm

Extremism IS a bigger threat for the country than India.

Imran Nov 26, 2016 07:24pm

I hope he carries the Gen Raheel Sahareef Lagecy. Good luck.

shafqat Nov 26, 2016 07:23pm

Heartiest Congratulation.

Fayyaz Nov 26, 2016 07:25pm

Hope the selection was on merit and not other considerations. It won't be long before we find out if continues the excellent work done by his predecessor and completes the undone work particularly against corruption in all provinces and not only Karachi.

naik Nov 26, 2016 07:26pm

plz try peace between india and pak and eliminate terrors

Meow Nov 26, 2016 07:27pm

Small step in progress when generals pass on the baton to the next

Asif Nov 26, 2016 07:30pm

My office mate all speculated the most apolitical fellow will be the next chief. We new it will be Bajwa. Not difficult to pick the mind of this fellow.

Surendra Jat Nov 26, 2016 07:34pm

Welcome Gen Bajwa. Hope Gen Bajwa will able to defeat terrorism

Shahid Nov 26, 2016 07:36pm

That is the only bright spot in the nation. Excellence in professionalism. One hopes the same spirit permeates in the civilian lot as well, and sooner. One can only hope.

Muhammed Ali UK Nov 26, 2016 07:35pm

Best wishes..

hani Nov 26, 2016 07:41pm

"He thinks extremism is a big threat than India" bravo

ga Nov 26, 2016 07:42pm

Big shoes to fill after General Raheel Sharif - the most loved and able general in Pak history.

syed zafar kazmI U.S Nov 26, 2016 07:45pm

Best of luck to you Gen. Bajwa. With your class, caliber and talent uniquely gifted to you by God and recognized by the nation in awarding you the great office of COAS, the destiny is well identified and marked before your eyes. The nation finds great heart in your belief to see terrorism as the greater enemy of the country than India. Please proceed with iron determination to annihilate this sworn enemy of existence of Pakistan. Go after them single mindedly into every nook and corner, every vista, every hamlet, every town , and every sanctuary without reserve and no letting up. Nothing should be out of bound-mosque, madressahs or temple. Enemy of Pakistan is not hiding/it is well defined, recognized and out in the open field boldly propagating and practicing their nefarious cancerous sick ideology, destroying every fabric of once very beautiful, harmonious Pakistani society. Please relieve Pakistan of this raging plague and nation will adore you just as they do your predecessor.

Dr Riffat Jabeen Nov 26, 2016 07:46pm

Best wishes for new Army Chief. It will be no doubt a great challenge for him to command Army and perform his duties as the outgoing Chief has set an excellent & marvellous example and high standards for coming ones in future. Salute to great Raheel Sharif and heartiest welcome to new Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.

SB Nov 26, 2016 07:47pm

Hope new chief will address the challenge of terrorism and act against all millitant groups without discrimination. Pls do everything under your control to make Pakistan and world a peaceful place ...Good wishes from India

Malik Nov 26, 2016 07:48pm

Will see what will he do for the betterment of Ummah as a powerful army chief. For Islam!

Dr Riffat Jabeen Nov 26, 2016 07:55pm

Continue with the legacy new Chief. Your professionalism will be appreciated by the nation. This country really needed persons like you who are talented, professional and dedicated. God bless you. Amen

Rashid Nov 26, 2016 07:56pm

Please leave the general alone, why we are making these appointments so politicize with our advises and greets.

Patriot Nov 26, 2016 08:00pm

@Rais Zaidi , How right you are!

Jalbani Baloch Nov 26, 2016 08:01pm

Wish you all the best. We hope, wish and pray that he will continue to carry on the legacy of his predecessor Mr. Raheel Shareef, who earned a lot of respect in view of his commitment to exterminate terrorism from Pakistan both in the tribal region and Karachi, which had become hotbed for criminals and gangsters.

DIL DIL PAKISTAN Nov 26, 2016 08:05pm

Good wishes hope he will continues the policies of Genral Raheel sherif....

atif khan Nov 26, 2016 08:09pm

now thats the man i was hoping for. God Speed General.

Farhan ali Nov 26, 2016 08:13pm

Welcome Sir and carry on the work initiated by Gen Raheel, We believe in your prudence.

Shibban Kaul Nov 26, 2016 08:14pm

Gen JB Sir, Congratulations. Hope your appointment will restore friendly relations between India and Pakistan.

Thought Nov 26, 2016 08:17pm

I think what Gen. Sharif has started its not going to end until fully accomplished.

Zealot Nov 26, 2016 08:17pm

Well come sir.I wish you would do the every task with Better planning and strategy...........

Patagonian Nov 26, 2016 08:19pm

First of all thanks & congrats to PM Nawaz Sharif for timely decision. And Greatest Congrats to Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa,and Lt Gen Zubair Hayat. We have great confidence and expectations from distinguished soldiers like you,and fully hope for continued strong Defence of our motherland.

Vivek Wani Nov 26, 2016 08:18pm

Gen. Bajwa, sir, as you rightly said,extrmisum is main enemy of Pakistan, our salute to you. Best of luck.

Usman Khan Nov 26, 2016 08:19pm

The funniest punchline of the article was buried deep in the middle "Gen. Bajwa is also said to be an apolitical person without any biases".

syed zafar kazmI U.S Nov 26, 2016 08:25pm

Living away from home in the best country on this planet, never being discriminated against, slighted or disadvantaged for being so conspicuously different in color, culture, custom, language and tradition, enjoying every benefit and opportunity, my heart has never ceased beating for my homeland and never stopped grieving for her woes. With a mixture of dismay and hope, despite all eminent odds, I have been more of an optimist than anything otherwise. With the era of Gen. Raheel Sharif, a great dedicated honorable sodier of proud courage, conviction and sworn commitment to the country's constitution, come to an end, my heart is full with hope and prayer for the next COAS to succeed and accomplish the unfinished business of burying the destructive terrorism and sectarianism from the body and soul of this superb land and take this nation into the tranquil world of peace, love, brotherhood and respect for all citizens' beliefs, customs and their respective ethos. Forever live Pakistan.

Dr Gulfaam Nov 26, 2016 08:26pm

Thanks gen raheel but you could have done a lot more... Today terror facilitator is out of jail and terror financiers are ruling the country.

PRINCE Aziz Nov 26, 2016 08:27pm

Congrats to new army chief

Sohail Khan Nov 26, 2016 08:29pm

He's from Baloch infantry Regiment. Most welcome and nation is behind you Sir. Congratulations

KJ Nov 26, 2016 08:34pm

He is absolutely right - extremism is the main enemy of Pakistan. I very much hope that with this change relations between India and Pakistan greatly improve.

Surya Kant Agrawal Nov 26, 2016 08:41pm

Congratulations. Hope you bring in fresh air free of legacy.

syed zafar kazmI U.S Nov 26, 2016 08:42pm

@Malik "Will see what will he do for the betterment of Ummah as a powerful army chief. For Islam!" That I would leave for the theologian pundits while I would want to confine him to the greater objectives of existence of Pakistan free of terrorism, sectarianism and extremism building bridges among the multiple cultural, linguistic and religious pluralities of this great and beautiful country who the founder had envisioned as safe haven for all with equal opportunity and without regard to distinction of race, religion and language. I would want him to eradicate the cancer of terrorism rooted in prejudice, bigotry and ignorance being furthered and propagated from quarters that are not hidden but well known and are out in the open. We would want him to continue on the tracks of his predecessor and revert Pakistan to the dreamland that it was in the mind of Quaid and that it was pretty much so until the late 70s when one man in uniform turned Pakistan upside down reversing great journey.

Javid Nov 26, 2016 08:45pm

Please carry on the good work done by Gen. Raheel Shariff. He has set high expectations and we expect you to do more than what he could. Very Sad news for india

Rkhan Nov 26, 2016 08:49pm

Very Graceful and sincere COAS. Congrates Sir. Hope for the best command and control in the greatest interest of the country.

zahid Nov 26, 2016 08:51pm

mubarak to gen Bajwa Inshallah he will defend this country and take army to have high morale

Iqbal Nov 26, 2016 08:52pm

Apolitical. Great!

R L Nov 26, 2016 08:56pm

If he can tackle extremism in Pakistan, he doesn't have to worry about India at all.

Downuder Nov 26, 2016 08:57pm

Bajva is a small village in Gujatat near the city of Vadodara, I wont be surpriced if he has any connection.

DEDAR ahmed Nov 26, 2016 08:58pm

Congratulations and best of luck.

Good Point Nov 26, 2016 08:58pm

I think issues between India and Pakistan are going to be resolved peacefully now

Musaddaq Mahmood Nov 26, 2016 09:00pm

Worm Welcome to new chief Mr. Gen. Qamar javed Bajwa. Best wishes and Good luck..

update Nov 26, 2016 09:01pm

@Javid .... fully agree,

ANT Nov 26, 2016 09:07pm

Nawaz doesn't learn from history. Doesn't appoint senior most again!!

harphool Nov 26, 2016 09:06pm

Interesting, now on both sides army generals are Jat (Suhag in India and Bajwa in Pak). At least, something common in both countries.

Asif A. Shah Nov 26, 2016 09:11pm

Let us hope for the best. If Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa does consider extremism a bigger threat to Pakistan than India then his heart is at the right place. Hopefully, his tenure would be of peace with India.

Majid Khan Nov 26, 2016 09:12pm

I hope these Generals will eliminate Pakistan's outside enemies as well as corrupt politicians in Pakistan

Shafique USA Nov 26, 2016 09:30pm

Good Luck Gen. Bajwa!!! we hope you will follow the legacy of Gen. Raheel Sharif and not those who served before him (like Kiyani, Musharaf & Co. all the way to Zia)

Taimoor KHAN Nov 26, 2016 09:32pm

Nation needs to rally behind the new leadership and hopefully the good work done by Raheel Shareef both on external and internal front, including crusade against economic terrorism must be taken to its logical conclusion.

Sab Se Pehle Pakistan Nov 26, 2016 09:52pm

Congratulations Sir. The nation has full confidence on our great Pakistan Army. Long Live Pakistan Army.

rashid bhatti Nov 26, 2016 10:14pm

Best wishes to Gen. Qamer J Bajwa.pakistan loves you.

2cents Nov 26, 2016 10:25pm

Big Boots to fill....

Zaheerul hassan Nov 26, 2016 10:29pm

An excellent choice . Gen Qamar will help in army to progress peacefully but strongly deal terrorism and Indian aggression.

Mustafa R. Nov 26, 2016 10:31pm

@Surya Kant Agrawal;

'Hope you bring in fresh air free of legacy.'

The problem is not anyone's legacy, the problem is the legacy of partition called Kashmir.

a Nov 26, 2016 10:34pm

@Zak Aggressive Statements might prove very harmful my boy !

amjad Nov 26, 2016 10:39pm

inshallah new general increase more respect of army

M. S. Alvi Nov 26, 2016 10:45pm

@Majid Khan I agree. The biggest threats to Pakistan are: 1) Extremism and, 2) Corruption and incapable civilian government.

pakistani Nov 26, 2016 10:48pm


Masoud Nov 26, 2016 11:11pm

The nation is very happy at the appointment of Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new COAS & Gen Zubair Hayat as CGS. Pakistan Armed Forces is blessed with highly professional & daring officers & jawan ever ready to face all type of challenges. I clearly remember a compliment given by an ex US army officer about 35 years ago during a manager's meeting he said "If I am asked to choose a battalion to lead I will surely choose from Pakistan Armed Forces" This he said in front of European, Pakistani & Indian managers working for the company then.

Zak Nov 27, 2016 12:12am

All COAS are capable and sharp enough to handle the enemy, india.

Ramesh C Manghirmalani Nov 27, 2016 12:40am

excellent choice

Temur Nov 27, 2016 01:04am

@Awan Is there any difference between Jutt and Mochi or Tarkhan. All are human now Pakistan is entering into new era of humanity.

Fakhr E Gujranwala Nov 27, 2016 01:27am

His family is from Gujranwala, nice to see someone who hails from Gujranwala making it to the top post of chief of Army Staff.

Insaan Nov 27, 2016 02:22am

@Muhammad Usman let us tell them in no uncertain terms that people of both countries want nothing else but peace and friendship. Their religion or caste is their personal issue but peace and friendship is our mutual issue.

Rahat Nov 27, 2016 02:25am

Hope that the unity remains between all possible candidates as only one can become chief. Bawava has good experience and hopefully he will work towards bringing peace with India.

SRS Nov 27, 2016 02:26am

Excellent choice! Wish you the best as you take on this huge responsibility. Hope you bring calm to Pakistan and peace to the region!

Sheldon Nov 27, 2016 02:27am

@asad Because Punjab is not as strong a pressing and long standing issue as Karachi.

Safdar Faizi Nov 27, 2016 02:28am

Heartiest Congratulations.

imran Nov 27, 2016 03:43am

@fahad why is this a good decision?

Jawaad Nov 27, 2016 04:05am

@fahad nawaz sahreef had to do it because Raheel Shareef didn't go for extension

amalia Nov 27, 2016 07:06am

Hope he brings peace between India and Pakistan.

inqelab zindabad Nov 27, 2016 07:32am

@Zak Absolutely, that what all they can do.

Aftab Nov 27, 2016 08:14am

He is the best gem for our country. He is one of the finest officer.

bala Nov 27, 2016 09:01am

Congratulations to both the Lt.Generals.. We hope that peace restores within Pakistan and along Line of Control, and also facilitate for a stronger democracy rather than showing military might.

Sajid Nov 27, 2016 08:25pm

@inqelab zindabad Ger raheel sharif Zinda Abad

Agha Ata Nov 27, 2016 09:14pm

Let's hope General Bajwa continues the traditions General Sharif established.

Abdul Muqtadir Nov 28, 2016 05:56am

@Nagyal u. Good point. Not many think this way Thanks,

Fool Nov 28, 2016 08:09am

@syed zafar kazmI U.S great message but one man cannot carry the burden of society that is infected deeply on intolerance. We need a whole generation to be raised without prejudice so that they can evolve. Only hope is leaders try to do their part in future building than setting themselves couple of operational fixes as success .

nisar Ahmed malik Nov 28, 2016 09:59am

Congratulations & Best wishes to promoted Generals & Many thanks for those who are retired /superseded for their contribution in restoring peace in karachi and fighting against terrorism,we believe all military officer are of similar class & caliber. Appointment of new COAS is normal-in-routine, it is a task given by the nation to Personality selected by elected PM, We hope & pray that peace restores within Pakistan and best message will be given to "Padoosi" Best of Luck Sir !

Waseem sadiq Nov 29, 2016 11:54am

Best wishes for new chif of army