Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army by the Prime Minister Nawaj Sharif. He is the 16th person to hold this coveted position. His appointment has also ended the confusion going on in Pakistan as there were some murmuring going on about the possibility of coup by the Pakistani Army led by Raheel Sharief.
Profile of Qamar Javed Bajwa
Qamar Javed Bajwa was commissioned in the Pakistani Army in 1982 in Baloch Regiment. He has deep understanding of Baloch issues and should guide Pakistani establishment to handle Balochistan in a humane manner.
What makes Qamar Javed Bajwa special is his experience with Rawalpindi based X Corps. As you might know, X Corps handles all operations of Kashmir. It is responsible for planning and executing infiltration in Kashmir. To an extent, X Corps also handles the production of counterfeited Indian currency. It was also responsible for Kargil fiasco.
Experience with X Corps can also make Bajwa to understand the underlying issues in a holistic way. It is worth noting that after being appointed as the Chief of Army Staff, he said that the religious extremism in Pakistan is a bigger threat than any confrontation with India.
Family of Qamar Javed Bajwa
Qamar Javed Bajwa is married to the daughter of Major General Iaz Ahmed. It is also believed that Qamar Javed is an Ahmedi Muslim. As per the second amendment of the Pakistani Constitution, Ahmedi has been declared as non-Muslim.
It should be noted that Qamar Javed is due to retire on 8th August, 2017. He is also expected to follow the footsteps of his predecessor General Sharif and will not seek any extension.