Earlier, the word was that Lt General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed was to be next COAS , but, his aggressive nature and some other issues have been objected by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
As per the journalist, PM has decided to supersede him and appoint Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as the next Army Chief who stands 4th in the seniority list.
Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently serving as the Inspector General Training and Development GHQ. Present Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, before taking over the post of COAS , served on this post.
The entire defence installations including GHQ, AHQ [air headquarters] and NHQ [navel headquarters], PM Secretariat and government security are also under the responsibility of a Commander of 10 Corps.
Lt. Gen Bajwa has commanded Corp 10 which is considered as the biggest and the most important Corp.
He has also served as Chief of Force Command Northern Areas and also commanded as Brigadier while commanding a peace mission to Congo.
Belonging to Baloch regiment, his vast experience is in Kashmir and northern areas issues.
As a brigadier, he held a position of COS [chief of staff] at 10 Corps and also commanded formation division in Northern Areas as formation commander (FCNA), besides he also commanded infantry school and as Lt-Gen, he commanded 10 Corps.
Since the military remains heavily engaged in counter-terrorism operations and with the situation on the border with India remaining tense a candidate with a strong profile in dealing with such matters would be the best choice.