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General Qamar Javed Bajwa named 16th Pakistan Army Chief

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:37 IST

On 26 November, General Qamar Javed Bajwa was named as Pakistan's new army chief, reported local news channel, Geo News.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif finalized General Bajwa's name for the post on Saturday, the news channel reported.

Lt General Bajwa, career infantry officer belonging to the Baloch Regiment, has served as the commander of the Rawalpindi Corps, and had been serving as the Inspector General of Training and Evaluation at the headquarters, prior to his current appointment as Army Chief.

Bajwa is from the Pakistan Military Academy's 62nd long course.

General Zubair Hayat has been appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. He was previously serving as Chief of General Staff (CGS).

Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Lt Gen Zubair Hayat will be promoted to the rank of four-star generals, reported DawnNews.

Both generals are set to take up their new posts Tuesday onwards, coinciding with current army chief Raheel Sharif's date of retirement.

First published: 26 November 2016, 6:31 IST