General Qamar Bajwa to take charge as COAS today


ISLAMABAD: Army Chief-designate Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will assume command in a ceremony at Army Hockey Stadium near General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi today.

The ceremony for the change of command of Pakistan Army will be held at 10:30 am, according to sources.

The outgoing Army Chief General Raheel Sharif will hand over the ‘command stick’ to General Qamar Javed Bajwa during the ceremony.

Former army chiefs, and senior military officials will also be present at the Change-of-Command ceremony.

It will also have federal ministers, members of the Parliament and foreign diplomats in attendance.

Earlier, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif met Prime Minister and President in his farewell meeting, visited ISPR headquarter and also chaired his last Corps Commanders Conference at GHQ on Sunday.

The conference was attended by General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Corps Commanders and Principal Staff Officers

During the meeting, the Corps Commanders paid rich tributes to General Raheel Sharif for his leadership and professional acumen and lauded his services for the country.

General Raheel congratulated the Chief of Army Staff designate for his elevation to the rank of General and appointment as COAS.

General Raheel Sharif said it was a matter of great pride for him to have commanded the most battle-hardened Army in the world for three years. He appreciated the corps commanders for their cooperation during his tenure and said the successes achieved during his tenure would not have been possible without contribution by each one of them.

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