While news reports from Pakistan suggest that General Qamar Bajwa was pushed up to replace Raheel Sharif for his "pro-democracy credentials" by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, there are instances, where civilian presumptions have gone very wrong. He said that General Qamer Javed Bajwa is a capable officer and his appointment will further flourish the professional capabilities of Pakistan Army.
While the office of CJCSC is technically the more senior position - as he serves as the principal military adviser to the prime minister and the National Command Authority (NCA) - the office of army chief is the most prized and arguably the most powerful position in the country, the paper said.
In fact, Dunya News said that PM Sharif decided to make Bajwa army chief during the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) party's two month-long sit-in Islamabad in 2014, that is, two years ago.
He was following the illustrious traditions of General (later self-appointed Field Marshal) Ayub Khan, who staged a coup in 1958 and ruled till 1969, and General Zia-ul Haq, who declared martial law in 1977 and remained President (and army chief) till 1988.
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There will be no immediate shift in Pakistan's military policy under the new army chief, the defence minister said. General Qamar Javed Bajwa is from 16 Baluch Regiment and was commissioned in October 1980. General Sharif in January had declared he would not seek extension. It is high time for India to be alert, the new Army Chief could adventure along the LoC, to make his mark. He has commanded the 10 Corps, the army's largest, which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control (LoC). This is said to be due to his extensive involvement with PoK (Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir) and northern areas. He has been an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics, Quetta, Command and Staff College, Quetta and the NDU. He has been a brigade major of an infantry brigade and chief of staff of Rawalpindi Corps.
General Bikram Singh, a former head of India's army who served with Bajwa in the Congo as part of a United Nations peacekeeping force, praised Bajwa's conduct as a soldier during their time in Africa.
Newly appointed COAS General Qamar Bajwa will take over the command from General Raheel Sharif at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday at the General Headquarters (GHQ).
On a personal level, Gen Bajwa is said to be witty, accessible, well-connected with the troops and not fond of the limelight.