Rawalpindi: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has appointed Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as new Chief of Army Staff while Lt Gen Zubair Hayat designated as new Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.
Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is 16th army chief of Pakistan.
The Change of Command ceremony would be held on Nov 29 during which outgoing military chief General Raheel would hand over the command of the army to the new chief.
There were four senior most three-stars generals, who were being considered for appointment as new army chief and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCSC). Namely they were Lt Gen Zubair Hayat,Lt Gen Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed,Lt Gen Javed Iqbal Ramday and Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Of whom the PM who has discretion for appointment, chose Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as new Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Lt Gen Zubair Hayat as Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee.
Brief profile of Qamar Javed Bajwa (COAS)
Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa 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. 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.
Brief profile of Lt Gen Zubair Hayat: New Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
Lt Gen Zubair Hayat: Lt Gen Zubair Hayat is from the artillery and the serving a Chief of General Staff. 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.
It is very rare for someone posted at the SPD to go back to the army. Therefore, many see in his return to the GHQ within a year and half of his transfer to the SPD an ambitious rise to a four-star position.
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.
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.