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​General Qamar Javed Bajwa named new Pakistan Army chief

Indianexpress 26 Nov. 2016 18:47
Nawaz Sharif picked Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new Army Chief of the country, PM Spokesperson said.

Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa (Source: Dawn news)

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday picked Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new Army Chief of the country, PM Spokesperson said. Bajwa will replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, a popular military leader credited for improving security and driving back Islamist militant groups.

General Bajwa will likely take charge of the world’s sixth-largest army by troop numbers in a formal handover on Tuesday, when General Sharif formally retires. The appointment of Bajwa is expected to help reset fraught relations between the military and the civilian government in a nuclear-armed nation of 190 million people.

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