General
Qamar Javed Bajwa
NI HI
Born 11 November 1960 (age 56)[1]
KarachiSindh, Pakistan
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Years of service 1980 – present[1]
Rank US-O10 insignia.svgOF-9 Pakistan Army.svg General
Unit Baloch 1h1.jpg 16 Baloch Regiment
Commands held 16th Chief of Army Staff
Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation
Commander X Corps
GOC FCNA, Gilgit
Commander Pakistani Brigade, UN Mission Congo
Commander 114 Brigade, Lahore
Commanding Officer 16 Baloch Regiment
Battles/wars Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad
Awards Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-i-Imtiaz
Order of Excellence Nishan-e-Imtiaz.png Nishan-e-Imtiaz

Qamar Javed Bajwa (Urduقمر جاوید باجوہ; born 11 November 1960), NI(M)HI(M), is a four-star rank army general in the Pakistan Army and is current Chief of Army Staff, appointed to this post by then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in November 2016. Born in Karachi, Bajwa was educated at the F. G. Sir Syed College, and Gordon College in Rawalpindi.

Bajwa was commissioned in 1980 in the 16th Battalion of the Baloch Regiment. Prior to his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan Army, he served at the Army GHQ as the Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation from 2015 to 2016 and as field Corps commander of the X Corps from 2013 to 2015 which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control at Kashmir. In addition, he served as a Brigadier in the UN mission in Congo and as a brigade commander in 2007.

Early life and education[edit]

Bajwa was born on 11 November 1960 in KarachiSindh[1] to a Punjabi Jat family belonging to Ghakhar MandiPunjab.[2][3][4]His father Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Iqbal Bajwa was an officer of Pakistan Army who died while in service in 1967 in QuettaBalochistan, Pakistan.[2] His mother died in September 2013.[5] Bajwa’s father-in-law Ijaz Amjad[6] was also an Pakistan Army officer who retired as a Major General.[7] Bajwa is the youngest of five siblings.[1]

Bajwa completed his secondary and intermediate education at F. G. Sir Syed College[8] and Gordon College in Rawalpindi before joining Pakistan Military AcademyKakul in 62nd Long Course[9]. Bajwa is a graduate of Canadian Army Command and Staff College in Canada, Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, United States and National Defence University, Pakistan.[1][10][11][12]

Bajwa is married to Ayesha. The couple have two sons, Saad and Ali.[1]

Military career[edit]

Bajwa enrolled in the Pakistan Military Academy in 1978[1] and was commissioned on 24 October 1980 in the 16 Baloch Regiment at Sialkot Cantonment, the same unit that his father commanded, where he was commissioned as 2/Lt.[13][10] He briefly served in the 5th Northern Light Infantry Regiment in Kashmir[14] in 1992 as major.[15] As Lieutenant Colonel, he served in the X Corps which is stationed in Rawalpindi, where he was general staff officer.[14] As a brigadier, Bajwa served as Chief of Staff at X Corps and also commanded a division in the Northern Areas as formation commander.[16][17] Bajwa has also commanded a brigade in United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Congo[14][17][9] in 2007.[1] He served in the Congo as a brigade commander in 2007 under[18][19] former Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army Bikram Singh, who was serving there as a division commander.[20] Gen Singh later termed Bajwa’s performance there as “professional and outstanding.”[21][18]

In May 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Major General.[22] As a Major General, Bajwa served as the Force Commander of Gilgit-Baltistan[23][24][25] and held the title of the General Officer Commanding.[20][16] In August 2011, he was awarded Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military).[26] Bajwa was an instructor at School of Infantry and Tactics in Quetta,[27] at Command and Staff College in Quetta and at National Defence University, Pakistan.[10][11]

He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General in August 2013[28] and was installed as Corps Commander X Corps shortly after.[29][30] He was Grade-I officer during his tenure as Corps Commander X Corps.[17] In 2014, Bajwa was installed as Colonel Commandant of Baloch Regiment.[31] In September 2015, he was appointed as the Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation at the GHQ where he was a Principal Staff Officer to then Chief of Army Staff Raheel Sharif.[32][33]

Since Bajwa has been posted in X Corps thrice,[17] which is the army’s important and largest corps,[20] he has experience of Kashmir.[20][34]

He belongs to the infantry’s 16 Baloch Regiment[20][14] and 62nd Pakistan Military Academy Long Course.[34] Bajwa is known to have a sound understanding of Indian strategic ambitions in the region and experience of armed conflict on LoC in Kashmir.[15] In December 2016, he was awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz.[35]

In November 2016, Bajwa was promoted to the rank of four star general and was appointed as the 16th Chief of the Army Staff of the Pakistan Army by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, succeeding Raheel Sharif.[36][37][38][39][40] His pro-democracy track record and views influenced his appointment as COAS.[41] Reuters reported that Prime Minister Sharif picked Bajwa because of his low-key style.[42] He was the fourth oldest Chief of the Army Staff of Pakistan.[43]

Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and Operation Khyber 4 were launched under the command of Bajwa, in February 2017 and July 2017, respectively.[44]

Awards[edit]

In 2017, he was awarded a Turkish Legion of Merit for promotion of defence ties between Pakistan and Turkey.[45]

Public image[edit]

Bajwa is an avid reader and has keen interest in History of Europe and India.[15][1]

He enjoys cricket[1] and was himself a good sportsman who used to play cricket as wicket-keeper.[8]

Reportedly, Bajwa doesn’t have a “hatred” towards India contrary to an assumption that every top Pakistani military officer has some sort of a hostility for India[15] and he considers religious extremism to be a bigger threat to national security in Pakistan rather than India.[20]

He is reported to be a genuine military man with no interest in politics[20] and the one who remains well-connected with the junior officers and troops, and does not seek attention and protocol.[34]

References[edit]

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  2. Jump up to:a b “Residents of Gakhar Mandi celebrate new COAS appointment”Dawn. Pakistan. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  3. Jump up^ Banerji, Rana (26 November 2016), “Pakistan Has a New Army Chief. Here’s What We Know About Him”The Wire, retrieved 1 December 2016
  4. Jump up^ Staff reporter (28 November 2016), “‘No caste system’ in Pak Army”The Nation, retrieved 1 December 2016
  5. Jump up^ “Obituary”The News. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  6. Jump up^ Shakil, Sheikh (27 November 2016). “General Qamar Bajwa COAS, General Zubair Hayat CJCSC”The News. Retrieved 5 February 2017.
  7. Jump up^ “Bajwa solid soldier who believes in civilian supremacy”The Nation. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  8. Jump up to:a b “Newly appointed COAS qualified SCC, HSSC from Rawalpindi Sir Syed College”The Nation. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  9. Jump up to:a b “Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa chosen as new army chief”Dawn. Pakistan. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  10. Jump up to:a b c “General Qamar Javed Bajwa appointed Pakistan Army chief”. Geo. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
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  21. Jump up^ “Ex-Indian army chief praises Gen Qamar Jawed Bajwa – The Express Tribune”The Express Tribune. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.
  22. Jump up^ “24 brigadiers made major generals”The News. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 24 November2016.
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  32. Jump up^ “Four army officers including DG ISPR Asim Bajwa made three-star generals”Dawn. Pakistan. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
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  35. Jump up^ “President presents awards to COAS General Bajwa, CJCSC General Hayat”geo.tv. Geo. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2016.
  36. Jump up^ Editor, Ashfaq Ahmed, UAE Deputy (29 November 2016). “Pakistan: General Qamar Javed Bajwa takes charge at a critical time”Gulf News. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  37. Jump up^ “PM picks Gen Qamar Bajwa to head army”Dawn. Pakistan. 27 November 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
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  40. Jump up^ Masood, Salman (26 November 2016). “Pakistan Names New Military Leader”The New York Times. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  41. Jump up^ “Pakistani Media on Why Qamar Bajwa Got The Country’s Top Military Job”. NDTV.com. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
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  43. Jump up^ “General Qamar Bajwa fourth oldest Pak Army chief”The News. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  44. Jump up^ “Gen. Bajwa dines at local hotel without security protocol”www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
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Military offices
Preceded by
Gen Raheel Sharif
Chief of Army Staff
2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Lt Gen Ikram Ul Haq
Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation
2015–2016
Succeeded by
Lt Gen Hidayat Ur Rehman
Preceded by
Lt Gen Khalid Nawaz Khan
Commander X Corps, Rawalpindi
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Lt Gen Malik Zafar Iqbal

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