ISLAMABAD:(APS)November 26,2016-Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as new Chief of Army Staff after being promoted to the rank of general.
President Mamnoon Hussain has made the appointment on the advice of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister House, Lt. General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has also been promoted as four star general and appointed as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently working as Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation at the General Headquarters. He has also commanded the Army’s 10 Corps. He belongs to the infantry’s Baloch Regiment.
Lt. General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has served as Director General of Strategic Plans Division and Corps Commander Bahawalpur. Presently, he is working as Chief of General Staff at the General Headquarters.
Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa was commissioned in the 16 Baloch Regiment in October 1980. He has served as chief of the army’s training and evaluation branch and was commissioned in Pakistan Army’s Sindh Regiment in 1982.
He is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto, Canada, The Naval Post Graduate University, California and the National Defence University, Islamabad.
Further, he has been an instructor at the School of Infantry and Tactics as well as at the Command and Staff College, both in Quetta. He has also been Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade and Chief of Staff of Rawalpindi Corps.
He attended Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course. He has been posted at several operational and staff positions in the army, including commanding Pakistan Contingent in Congo, and is considered an excellent military officer.
Lt-Gen Bajwa was posted as Inspector General Training and Evaluation — the same position General Raheel held when he was elevated to the rank of Army chief.
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He has commanded the army’s 10th Corps – Rawalpindi as Corps Commander. The army’s 10th Corps is responsible for defending the country’s frontiers at the Line of Control.
Bajwa, who belongs to the infantry’s Baloch Regiment, has also held the position of Force Commander Gilgit-Baltistan as a Major General.
Later, newly appointed Chief of Army Staff Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat separately called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
The newly-appointed CJCSC Lt-Gen Zubair Hayat was previously responsible for the safety and security of the country’s nuclear programme.
He is a graduate of Fort Sill Oklohoma, USA, Command and Staff College Camberlay, United Kingdom and National Defence University, Islamabad.
Hayat was commissioned in the Pakistan Army’s Sindh Regiment in 1982. He attended Pakistan Military Academy’s 62nd long course. He has been posted at several important operational and staff positions in the army where he attained extensive experience of command, staff and instructional appointments, and is considered an excellent military officer.
Further, he has served as adjutant at PMA, Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade; and Army and Air adviser at Pakistan embassy in UK. He has also been Chief of Staff of a strike Corps, Private Secratarty to COAS and Director General Staff Studies Directorate at GHQ.
Additionally, he has held the appointment of Director General Strategic Plan Division (SPD). He has commanded 31 Corps Bahawalpur and is presently Chief of General Staff at GHQ.
Lt-Gen Hayat was posted as head of the army’s Strategic Plans Division which ensures the safety of nuclear institutions.
He was given the command of army’s 31st Corps – Bahawalpur after he was elevated to the rank of a three-star general. He is considered an excellent officer of the Artillery Regiment and is currently posted as Colonel Commandant of the Artillery Regiment.