ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: General Zubair Hayat Mahmood has been appointed Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and will replace General Rashad Mahmood who will retire on November 29.
General Qamar Jawad Bajwa has been appointed as the 16th Chief of Army Staff (COAS), who will take command of the Pakistan Army from incumbent Army Chief General Raheel Sharif.
President Mamnoon Hussain promoted the two lieutenant generals to the rank of four-star generals on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
An official notification announcing the appointments is expected to be issued soon.
Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat
Gen Zubair Mahmood Hayat was commissioned in Artillery Regiment on 24 October 1980. He is graduate of Fort Sill Oklahoma, USA, Command and Staff College Camberlay United Kingdom and National Defence Univesity, Islamabad.
He has wide experience of command, staff and instructional appointments. He has commanded an artillery regiment, mechanized division artillery, an infantry Brigade and an Infantry Division. He has been Adjutant at PMA, Brigade Major of an Infantry Brigade, Army and Air adviser at Pakistan embassy in UK. He has also been Chief of Staff of a strike Corps, Private Secretary to COAS and Director General Staff Studies Directorate at GHQ.
General Bajwa has also held the appointment of Director General Strategic Plan Division (SPD). He has commanded 31 Corps Bahawalpur and his last position was Chief of General Staff at GHQ.