Pakistan Army: Prime Minister has Appointed Lt Gen Qamar Bajwa as COAS
By Zaheerul Hassan
As per tradition of Pakistan Army Incumbent Army chief, General Raheel Sharif will hand over command to newly appointed as General Bajwa Chief of Army Staff (COAS) on November 29, 2016. Whereas, , General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has been appointed Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJSC). Incumbent CJCSC General Rashid Mahmood is also set to retire on November 29. A notification announcing the appointments is expected soon. The newly appointed newly generals are professional competent and has excellent repute throughout the army. Both general are froma 62 PMA Long Course and passed out in 1980. He is from Baloch Regiment of Infantry Corps.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa
Prior to be being elevated to the rank of General and being appointed Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa was Inspector General Training and Development GHQ. General Raheel Sharif, before becoming the COAS, also served on this post.
General Bajwa had also commanded Corp 10 – the biggest and considered the most important Corp. He had served as chief of Force Command Northern Areas and also commanded as Brigadier while commanding a peace mission to Congo. Belonging to Baloch regiment, his vast experience is in Kashmir and northern areas issues.
Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, graduated from Command and Staff College Camberley, United Kingdom, and National Defence University, Islamabad. The general served on key posts throughout his career.As a major general, Hayat served as General Officer Commanding (GOC) Sialkot and led Staff Duties Directorate. He was elevated to lieutenant general in January 2013 and was instated as corps commander Bahawalpur.
He was later appointed as the director general (DG) of the Strategic Plans Division in December 2013. The division, formed in 2001, is vital to research for and development of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and it works as the secretariat of National Command Authority. After this crucial responsibility, General Zubair Hayat was appointed as Chief of General Staff (CGS).
Hayat hails from a military family. His father retired from Pakistan Army as a major general. One of Gen. Zubair’s brother, Lt. Gen. Umar Hayat, is serving as chairman of Pakistan Ordinance Factory Wah Cantt